During his first address to the nation last night, President Joe Biden mentioned the rare partnership between competitors Merck and Johnson & Johnson. But what he and his administration conveniently fail to mention is the fact the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was developed using aborted fetal cells.
Of course, this information would be important to many religious Americans. Especially since there are two other COVID-19 vaccines available that were developed without the use of aborted fetal cells.
Some religious leaders inside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently issued a statement warning Catholics that the Johnson & Johnson shot may be “morally compromised”.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Committee on Pro-life Activities posted a statement read.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine … was tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising … moral concerns. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson.”
So the President’s decision to keep this fact from the public is extraordinary considering Joe Biden on numerous occasions claims to be a devout catholic.
After some confusion among worshippers…
The Catholic Church Issues A Follow-up Statement Concerning the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
The Church’s follow-up statement made it crystal clear that they were NOT telling their followers NOT to take the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
They were simply stating that ‘if another choice is available…’
— Denver Catholic (@DenverCatholic) March 10, 2021
Fact-Checking the Claim That Johnson & Johnson Used Aborted Fetal Cells To Develop Thie COVID Vaccine
Houston, Texas KHOU News VERIFY team investigated the question:
“Did Johnson & Johnson use aborted fetal cells to create their COVID-19 vaccine?”
The answer is ‘Yes, and No’.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, a Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins who treats infectious disease, critical care, and emergency patients and also works on their pandemic policy, explains:
“The vaccine itself does not include any kind of fetal cells. However, the vaccine is manufactured using fetal cells, as is the AstraZeneca vaccine. The origin of these cell lines is from aborted fetuses,”
So where do the aborted fetal cells come in?
“What happens is they grow the virus through those cells. They then harvest the virus, filter all of that material. What you get in your vaccine is actually the virus that’s been engineered,”
Watch the KHOU VERIFY team report how Johnson & Johnson produced its COVID-19 vaccine
KHOU listed three sources for their report:
- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Johnson & Johnson
- Dr. Amesh Adalja, a Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins who treats infectious disease, critical care, and emergency patients and also works on their pandemic policy.