The use of Covid-19 vaccines developed using cell lines derived from aborted foetuses is “morally acceptable”, the Catholic Church announced on Monday.
“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,” a document published by two of the group’s members said.
Where no choice was available, however, “it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine”, the document said.
The news of the Vatican’s decision on the issue came as AFP news agency reported that two cardinals close to Pope Francis had tested positive for coronavirus. (BBC)