Pope Francis has said the Vatican will begin COVID-19 vaccinations this week and that he is in line to receive the jab.
The pontiff said, “It is an ethical duty to take the vaccine, here in the Vatican we will start [this] week, I am also in line to take it.”
In December, the Vatican deemed that it was morally acceptable to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after some anti-abortion groups raised concerns about how the vaccines were manufactured.
Some groups had suggested the coronavirus vaccines were supposedly made using cells from aborted fetuses. The cells are actually engineered and grown in labs from tissue acquired many decades ago, and are not made directly from aborted fetuses.
In a note approved by Francis, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said, “It is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”