In an Aug. 17 statement, the National Catholic Bioethics Center noted “with great sadness the increasingly heated rhetoric and even violence associated with the vaccine mandate debates.”
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A range of other Catholic institutions are also considering vaccine requirements.
Vatican residents and employees and their families are receiving their doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall.
While demand for a vaccine is urgent, questions have been raised by some pro-life advocates about the Moderna candidate, and its ethical development - specifically, whether it has been tested using a fetal cell line taken from an aborted baby.
Moderna, Johnson Johnson, and Merck — front-runners in the COVID-19 race for a cure — are all manufacturing treatments tainted by abortion, but there are more ethical alternatives.