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At least five of the candidate COVID-19 vaccines use one of two human fetal cell lines: HEK-293, a kidney cell line widely used in research and industry that comes from a fetus aborted in about 1972; and PER.C6, a proprietary cell line owned by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, developed from retinal cells from an 18-week-old fetus aborted in 1985. Both cell lines were developed in the lab of molecular biologist Alex van der Eb at Leiden University.
Covid drug given to Trump developed using cells derived from aborted fetus | The Guardian |
The 2020 Republican party platform explicitly opposes embryonic stem cell research, and calls for a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
"We stopped the federal funding of fetal tissue research, which everybody felt was so important ..." the president told supporters in January 2020. "We're standing up to the pro-abortion lobby like never before.
The HEK-293T line of cells has been "immortalized", meaning they divide freely in the lab. Regeneron said the company does not consider the cells "tissue".
Development of the Regeneron antibody cocktail is supported by a $450m grant from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (Barda).
This President is DOOMED! Where's John Hagee?? Oops, infected with SARS Covid-2.
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