Catholic Bishops claim Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine comes from aborted cells
(WTAJ) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends against using the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement released by the Catholic Diocese of Altoona Johnstown, the Catholic bishops make it very clear that it is their belief that the vaccine is derived from aborted cells. Johnson & Johnson denies this claim. However, Catholic bishops say approval of the vaccine for use in the United States raises questions about “moral permission to use vaccines developed, tested, and / or produced using cell lines derived from the abortion”.
According to a statement released by Johnson & Johnson, they say there is no fetal tissue in their vaccine, claiming that it uses an inactivated, non-infectious adenovirus vector similar to a cold virus. The adenovirus is grown using what is called an immortalized cell line, then the virus is removed and purified.
But Dr Amesh Adalja, a disease specialist in Pittsburgh, says the fetal cell line came from an aborted fetus.
This cell line has been propagated or continued and it is used not only for this COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, but also for rubella vaccine, shingles vaccine, chickenpox vaccine, vaccines against rubella. hepatitis A, they are an important part of our medical technology.
Dr Amesh Adalja, infectious disease specialist
Several types of cell lines created decades ago using fetal tissue exist and are widely used in medical manufacture, but the cells they contain today are clones of early cells, not tissue. ‘origin. So why the controversy?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says that if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines should be chosen over those from Johnson & Johnson. A move some are warning could slow the battle against COVID-19.
While the Bishops say they do not support getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they went on to say, “Given the worldwide suffering this pandemic is causing, we reiterate that getting the vaccine can be an act of charity that serves the common good. “