Earlier, the Russian Orthodox Church opposed the use of vaccines, during the manufacture of which cells of human embryos were used. We are talking primarily about the HEK 293 cell line, which was extracted in 1973 from human embryonic kidneys. "It is ethically unacceptable for the composition of drugs for immunoprophylaxis to contain components obtained using cell lines obtained from human embryonic tissues. In particular, HEK 293 (Human Embryonic Kidney 293) is a cell line obtained from human embryonic kidneys," the report said. the patriarchal commission of the Russian Orthodox Church on family issues, protection of motherhood and childhood. presented to the public last October.
According to RIA Novosti, at the moment the Moscow Patriarchate reports that the ROC has no official position on such vaccines, therefore the Church relies on the "Fundamentals of the Social Concept", which says that "any use of abortive tissues, including for the production vaccinations cannot be morally justified."
The Gamaleya Research Center has clarified this issue today.
“We have a line that was isolated from human cells in 1973. To produce adenovirus particles, these cells are grown,” Vladimir Gushchin said at a roundtable on the halal nature of the Sputnik V vaccine.
At the same time, he assured that this cell line is not in the vaccine itself. With the help of chromatographic purification, the viral particle gets rid of traces of the human cell, the specialist explained.
Also, according to him, the developers received an appeal from the Russian Orthodox Church with a request to disclose the composition of the vaccine. "A request was formed for specific clarifications. And the clarifications have already been sent, as far as I remember, a week or two ago," the scientist told reporters.