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The new shingles vaccine NOT made using aborted fetal cells

Tue, Oct. 31, 2017 Posted: 04:20 PM


By Mark Ellis

Many people may be surprised to learn that many common vaccines given to children and adults were developed using aborted fetal cell lines.

Vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella, hepatitis A, polio, and shingles – among many others — all used aborted fetal cell lines in their development.

“Until now, people wanting to have protection from shingles have had to either use Merck’s aborted fetal version (Zostavax) or abstain entirely,” noted Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director at Children of God for Life.

Vinnedge is elated that a “morally produced” shingles vaccine has received FDA approval for licensing in the US.

Shingrix, made by Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), is produced using a yeast cell line, unlike Merck’s Zostavax, which used aborted fetal cell lines MRC-5 and WI-38.

The WI-38 fetal cell line came from a Swedish married couple that aborted their baby in 1962 because they felt they had too many children, according to Dr. S. Plotkin. The cell line used lung tissue from their aborted fetus of about 3 months gestational age.

The MRC-5 cell line was developed in 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14-week fetus aborted for psychiatric reasons from a 27-year-old woman.

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