On May 21, 2020, a letter was sent to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and to Mrs. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, recognizing the government’s generous financial commitment to the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. The letter also urges the federal government to ensure that the development of those vaccines not present an ethical dilemma to Canadians and emphasizes the distinction between vaccines developed using cell lines obtained from earlier abortions (which are unacceptable to many) and those developed without involving such sources. The letter provides examples of both types and asks the government to ensure that vaccines considered ethically acceptable will be accessible to those people who request them. The letter was signed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as a large number of organizations.
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