BREAKING! COVID-19 Vaccine: Details That Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Uses Cell Lines From Aborted Babies Deeply Disturbs Australian Archbishop Over Deals
: A media release by Agence France-Presse(AFP) reports that a senior Catholic archbishop has warned he is "deeply troubled" by Australia's vaccine deal with AstraZeneca, saying the potential vaccine uses a fetal cell line that creates an "ethical quandary" for Christians.
This is the first time that Thailand Medical News is aware that fetal cell lines were used in the COVID-19 vaccine development and production as in all past materials that were publicly released by Oxford University and Astrazeneca, this was never mentioned.
The news cannot be fake news as it was released by Agence France-Presse (AFP), who are themselves fact-checkers for online news.
However if this news is true, it is indeed disturbing that the entities concerned and also governments who had procured these vaccines never made this fact publicly known.
It will also be interesting to see how Christians elsewhere react to this especially in Europe and more so America, where most of the white rural Christians are supporters of President Trump who signed orders with for these vaccines. It will also be interesting to see if he knew about this. Other religios groups are also coming out to express their disappointment.
It was reported that Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher penned a letter also signed by Anglican and Greek Orthodox religious leaders to Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlining concerns of some Christians over the vaccine's apparent use of a cell line derived from elective abortions.
The petition calls on Prime Minister Morrison to ensure that if the vaccine being developed by Oxford University researchers is rolled out in Australia it is not made mandatory.
The petition also urges him to pursue other "ethical" vaccine candidates to ensure religious objectors have a choice.
It was reported that Australia last week announced a deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture the "promising" vaccine if it is proven safe and effective, with plans to offer it for free to the entire population.
The Australian Prime Minister initially stupidly suggested it should be made compulsory for its 25 million citizens with an exception on medical grounds before reversing his position.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher, writing in the forthcoming edition of Catholic Weekly, says, "I'm a strong advocate of vaccinations and not just for COVID-19 as long as they are safe and ethically obtained.”
Importantly in 2017, the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life decreed that vaccinations "can be used with a clear conscience does not signify some sort of cooperation with voluntary abortion".
An Australian government spokesperson told media that Morrison himself a devout Christian respects the views of Australia's many religious communities and understands the issues that are being raised. The government is investing in research and technology that we hope will produce a range of vaccines that will be suitable for as many Australians as possible."
Fortunately among those is the University of Queensland's vaccine candidate, which the official said does not contain fetal cell lines and has received Aus$5 million in government funding.
That vaccine is currently in Phase 1 efficacy trials, while the Oxford vaccine is among a handful globally that have reached Phase 3.
Health authorities in Australian estimates that up to 95 percent of the population would need to be immune to the virus for it to be eradicated.
Thailand Medical News will be providing updates on this story and also the reactions of Christians in America and Europe.
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Updates...the story is true...and Thailand Medical News managed to procur copy of the letter.(PS: Thailand Medical News Is Pro-Vaccine But Anti-Abortion)