VATICAN CITY, Italy, December 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican employees and residents are to receive the new Pfizer vaccine, which has been tested on cell lines from an aborted baby, in measures taken to supposedly prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The head of the Vatican health service, Dr. Andrea Arcangeli, announced the news on December 11 when speaking to Vatican News. “Only through a widespread and capillary immunization of the population will it be possible to obtain real advantages in terms of public health to achieve control of the pandemic,” Arcangeli stated, saying that it was “very important” that a “vaccination campaign” was started as soon as possible.
Vatican News reports that the Vatican City State and the Holy See have invited people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, “to make everyone aware that the vaccine is not only to safeguard their own health, but also that of other people.” Arcangeli even declared it “our duty to offer all residents, employees and their families the opportunity to be immunized against this dreaded disease.”
The recently approved Pfizer vaccine has been chosen to be distributed in the Vatican, a decision which Arcangeli explained by saying that the Pfizer jab was “the first to be introduced in clinical use,” and that it “has been shown to be 95% effective.” The director of the Vatican health service did not limit the Vatican to using the Pfizer vaccine only, but added that others would be used once they are approved.
Commenting on the safety of vaccines which have been developed at unprecedented speed, Arcangeli claimed that “very rigorous safety tests have been carried out,” and that “assurances” have been given by “world health authorities.” Despite this though, he revealed that “vaccination under 18 is not recommended” in the Vatican, as well as advising those with significant allergies to avoid taking the vaccine.
No mention was made of the moral questions concerning the use of the Pfizer vaccine.
Whilst Pfizer did not make use of cell lines from aborted babies in the development of the vaccine, “[o]ne of the confirmatory lab tests on the vaccine did sadly involve an old foetal cell-line.” The Children of God for Life organization notes that the Pfizer vaccine is tested using the HEK 293 cell line,