Halal or Haram! Muslims, Christians, Jews and Vegans Debate Status of COVID-19 Vaccine

Published December 23rd, 2020 - 07:59 GMT
(Albawaba/ Rami Khoury)
(Albawaba/ Rami Khoury)
From Pork-derived Gelatin, nano-chips to DNA changes, rumors circulate Coronavirus vaccine.

Since the release of the new COVID-19 vaccine, a lot of questions and conspiracy theories have been spun about it. Is it effective or not? Does the vaccine have secret nano chips that affect human brains? Does it have materials that will eventually change our DNA?

A lot of Muslims, who are banned to eat pork, as it is mentioned in the Holy Quran amongst the forbidden list or as they call it ‘Haram,’ have raised the question whether the vaccine contains Pork-derived Gelatin voicing concerns about its Halal statue.

Islamic scholars are till this moment divided about the purity of COVID-19 vaccine. They said it must undergo rigorous chemical transformation before deciding the 'Halal or Haram' status of latest vaccines for Muslim communities.

Vegans and Jews have also raised concerns about Covid-19 vaccine as it might carry animal products- pig gelatin.

Companies are usually developing vaccines using Pork-derived gelatin, which has been widely used as a stabilizer to ensure it remains safe and effective during storage and transport. However, other companies are trying to develop their own pork-free vaccines; such as Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis which has made up a pork-free meningitis vaccine, according to an AP report.

Nevertheless, current companies who are racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, admitted that their products don’t contain Pork-derived Gelatin.

This debate was not limited to Muslims, but also Christians; yet, from a totally different perspective. In the past years, the Vatican was debating the fact that most companies develop vaccines using cells derived from aborted fetuses, while abortion is declared a grave sin according to the Catholic Chruch.

On the other hand, according to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the watchdog office of the vatican; Pope Francis had examined last week and announced that it is 'morally acceptable' for Roman Catholics to receive COVID vaccines.

People are likely to maintain sharing and making up several conspiracy theories and judgments about coronavirus and its vaccines, as till this moment none of the vaccines proved 100% effectiveness against the horrible virus. 

So far, the world has registered 77.4 million cases and 43.7 million recoveries compared to 1.7 million deaths.

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