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Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:27 AM

13. Was actually wrong - confused

I was basing my knowledge on the following document and confused PER.C6 and HEK-293


The fetal cell lines being used to test or manufacture the COVID-19 vaccines are from two
● HEK-293: A kidney cell line that was isolated from a fetus in 1973 (undisclosed origin,
from either a spontaneous miscarriage or an elective abortion)
● PER.C6: A retinal cell line that was isolated from an aborted fetus in 1985


The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna do not require the use of any
fetal cell cultures in order to manufacture (produce) the vaccine.


The non-replicating viral vector vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson did require the use of
fetal cell cultures, specifically PER.C6, in order to produce and manufacture the vaccine.
The Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission have both
stated that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine that required fetal cell lines for production or
manufacture is morally acceptable. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops goes further and
has stated: “receiving a COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity toward
the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19
should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the
common good...Given the urgency of this crisis, the lack of available alternative vaccines, and the
fact that the connection between an abortion that occurred decades ago and receiving a vaccine
produced today is remote, inoculation with the new COVID-19 vaccines in these circumstances
can be morally justified.”

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