The unethical testing of ethical covid vaccines


By Sarah Quale — Both Pfizer and Moderna have announced major milestones in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine candidate to market. Almost all media outlets and pro-life groups are claiming both vaccines are ethical, even though aborted fetal cells were used to test them. This is wrong, and here’s why it matters.


Another Operation Warp Speed breakthrough hit the news yesterday. This time, it was Moderna’s press release, claiming preliminary analysis of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate showed “94.5% effectiveness” in preventing symptomatic cases of COVID-19. Last week, it was Pfizer/BioNTech’s “90% effectiveness” claim. The media and the stock market have been in a frenzy. Pro-life news outlets like and many national pro-life organizations and leaders are tripping over themselves to spread the good news that both vaccines are “ethical.”

Here’s what we know for sure:

  • Both candidates use a technology called mRNA that has never been approved to build a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Both candidates were designed using computer-based genetic sequencing.
  • Both candidates were produced without the use of aborted fetal cells.
  • And both candidates used aborted fetal cells in the testing phase.

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