I looked through the CMF website at their Briefing paper When demand outstrips supply: A Christian view of the ethics of healthcare resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“The British Medical Association (BMA) has recently produced guidance around the ethical issues presented by the COVID-19pandemic.8 NICE has also produced a rapid guideline for adult critical care during the pandemic, which includes guidance for decision-making around escalation. 9 In addition, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has issued guidance, in conjunction with other stakeholders such as the General Medical Council, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Intensive Care Society, royal colleges and faculties.10 As Christian doctors, we must consider how we can respond to the ethical challenges posed. Here we will attempt to consider some of the issues involved, and how to think about them biblically, using Beauchamp and Childress’ widely recognised four pillars of medical ethics11 as a framework.”
However, it must be too soon for a briefing paper on whether any of the current seven Covid-19 vaccinations produced have utilised cell-lines from aborted foetuses. The matter of demand for vaccines was not included. Then I looked at a tagged blog, posted 20 November 2020, which sounded promising, COVID-19 vaccines: the wider ethical questions for Christians. Alas, no mention was made of the ethical issue I wish to explore.
Some success came via a contact working professionally in the realms of Christian ethics. He sent a pdf of an article written by a colleague of his in a Catholic journal, Anscombe Bioethics Centre – Friends’ Newsletter, Summer 2020, Issue 47. (His link to the pdf will not open when I copy it.) Dr Helen Watt, Senior Research Fellow of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, wrote the article, pp 9-12.
“… Vaccines are normally, though not always,4 produced in living cells. While they can be generated (as with some COVID-19 vaccines in the making) in cells derived from ethically uncontentious sources such as insects,5 tobacco plants,6 and hamster ovaries,7 they can also be produced in cell-lines made from tissue derived from an aborted unborn child. One such cell-line used in COVID-19 vaccine research (including a project of the University of Oxford8 ) is the HEK 293 cell-line modified from tissue taken from the kidney of an unborn child aborted probably in 1972, while another is the PER C6 cell-line from the retinal tissue of an 18-week baby aborted in 1985.”
I wish to know both ethical considerations involved and how to identify which Covid-19 vaccinations might have such ethically questionable ‘ingredients’. I will not go to popular media outlets for this as a huge amount of disinformation is being bandied around. This question is addressed to Christians who have ethical compunctions against any use of aborted foetuses, which transcends denomination. I note this related question indicates deep concern but I seek to know how to find out if that's being used with some vaccines.
Edit: this question become more important since the Church has now made a statement regarding the newest vaccine from Johnson and Johnson. See this