Cautious response to warning on vaccines grown from foetal cell lines

CLICK HEREA Vatican warning about vaccines derived from human foetal remains has met with a cautious response from the director of the Sydney Archdiocese Life Office.

The Hobart Mercury today reports that the Pontifical Academy for Life recently urged people to use alternative vaccines if available, or put pressure on governments and health systems for alternatives.

The Academy's statement refers to the production of vaccines grown in human cell lines originally prepared from two foetuses who died more than 30 years ago in surgical abortions.

Dr Brigid Vout, executive officer of the Life Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney, said not to use some vaccines could endanger the broader community.

"It is right to abstain from using these vaccines if it can be done without causing children, and indirectly the population as a whole, to undergo significant risks to their health," Dr Vout said.

"Morally problematic vaccines may, however, be used on a temporary basis if not using them would expose others to considerable danger to their health. This is particularly true in the case of vaccination against German measles."

The Australian Vaccination Network, which has concerns about vaccination, called on the Government to state which vaccines that may be added to the scheduled list used foetal cell lines. Rubella, combined MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis A vaccines are taken from these cell lines.

Alternatives exist that use other human tissues or animals, but some are unavailable in Australia.

Vatican warns on vaccines grown from foetal cell lines (The Mercury 23/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Life Office - Archdiocese of Sydney
Pontifical Academy for Life
Australian Vaccination Network

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23 Aug 2005