Some Vaccines Are Made Using Aborted Fetal Cells

December 18, 2020

Several cell lines commonly used in vaccine development originate from retina, kidney and lung tissue of aborted fetuses.

In addition to the issues of vaccine safety and effectivness is the concern over vaccines made with aborted fetal cells. Some vaccines and some covid vaccines as well are made using aborted fetal cell lines. The following cell lines are commonly used in vaccine development and all originate from aborted fetuses:

HEK293 = human embryonic cell line originally derived from kidney tissue obtained from a female aborted fetus
MRC5 = human embryonic cell line originally derived from the lung tissue of a male aborted fetus
PER.C6= human embryonic cell line originally derived from the retina of a male aborted fetus
WI38 = human embryonic cell line originally derived from the lung tissue of a female aborted fetus

Fetal cell lines have been used for decades in the development and manufacture of many widely used vaccinations including measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), rubella, varicella (chickenpox), polio, hepatitis A, rabies, and shingles. According to “Science” (magazine published by AAAS – the American Association for the Advancement of Science), at least six covid vaccine candidates still use line cells from aborted fetuses:

AstraZeneca/University of Oxford (HEK293)
Jansen Research and Development USA (owned by Johnson & Johnson) (PER.C6)
CanSino Biologics/Beijing Institute of Biotechnology (HEK293)
University of Pittsburgh (HEK293)
ImmunityBio/NantKwes (HEK293)
Altimmune (PER.C6)

In a Fact Sheet – entitled “Covid Vaccines & Fetal Cell Lines” – Charlotte Lozier Institute explains that a fetal cell line is “a cell taken from an aborted baby (which) is multiplied into many cells of the same kind. These can be grown indefinitely and further multiplied, creating lines of cells that are sometimes used for science experiments.”

Fetal cell lines are used as a growth medium for the virus during the production phase, since the virus needs a living cell to infect and multiply in. The viruses are then harvested from the cells and purified (and inactivated in the case of inactivated vaccines) before being added to the final vaccine. Unlike “Science”, Charlotte Lozier Instituteaffirms that “six (covid vaccines being developed in operation warp speed) do not use fetal cell lines. Two vaccines do, using the historically derived fetal cell lines HEK293 and PER.C6.”

“Historical fetal cell lines (WI-38 and MRC-5) derived in the 1960’s and 1970’s were used to create vaccines for diseases such as Rubella, Hepatitis A, and rabies. These and other historical cell lines (HEK293 and PER.C6) are sometimes used today in the creation of vaccines. Any vaccine that relies on these historic cell lines will not require new abortions. Most vaccines use non-human cells. Vaccines can be developed “ethically” using no cells or cells from animals, insects, chicken eggs, or yeast.”

A paper from CDC – dated February 2020 and entitled “Vaccine Excipient Summary – Excipients Included in U.S. Vaccines, by Vaccine” – confirms that WI-38 and MRC-5 fetal cell lines are still contained in some currently on the market vaccines and underlines that “all information was extracted from manufacturers’ package inserts”.

Several vaccine makers use “ethically derived” cell lines, that is cell lines that do not originate from aborted human fetuses, or no cell lines at all. Yet, some viruses, such as chickenpox (varicella), do not grow well in animal cells and there are few options available other than using human cell lines. “Ethically derived” adult cells could be used, for instance, instead of aborted fetuses, however, for some vaccines, such as MMR, chickenpox, and hepatitis A, no “ethically” produced alternatives currently exist in the U.S.A.

Science Magazine
Fact Sheet “Covid Vaccines & Fetal Cell Lines”
CDC “Vaccine Excipient Summary – Excipients Included in U.S. Vaccines, by Vaccine”