The use of Covid-19 vaccines developed using cell lines derived from aborted foetuses is “morally acceptable”, the Catholic Church announced on Monday.
In the absence of any alternative, such vaccines “can be used in good conscience”, the Vatican said.
It added that this would “not constitute formal co-operation” with the terminations that took place.
Several vaccine candidates were developed using cells derived from foetuses aborted decades ago.
However, no foetal cells are present in any of the vaccines.
“All vaccinations recognised as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal co-operation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive,” the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced in a statement on Monday.
The text, which was approved by Pope Francis, also said there was “a moral imperative” to ensure that poorer countries received access to effective vaccines.
The issue of whether to accept a coronavirus vaccine has divided some members of the clergy, with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops arguing in favour last week.
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