Courage in the Crisis

CMDA and COVID-19

Care for the Frontline Healthcare Worker as the Coronavirus Progresses

Are you worried about spreading the disease to your family? Are you ramping up to fight the virus or being placed on standby because much of your work is elective or “noncritical?” Are you fearful for the future, whether your health, your finances or your job?

If you’re asking yourself these questions and more, remember that you are not alone! CMDA is here for you for such a time as this. As a ministry for Christians in healthcare, we stand ready to pray for you, to assist you in any way we can and to offer resources to help you sustain the onslaught of extra work.

We are going to be here with you every step of the way, so check back often for the latest information and resources to help you as you fight against COVID-19.

CMDA Update on COVID-19 Vaccines as of March 4, 2021

CMDA Update on COVID-19 Vaccines as of March 4, 2021

Three Operation Warp Speed vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA:

  1. On December 11, 2020, the FDA issued an EUA for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. A fact sheet on the vaccine can be found here.
    • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine.
    • Effectiveness of the vaccine was found to be 95 percent.
    • Approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older.
    • The vaccine is administered as a series of two doses (0.3mL each) three weeks apart.
  2. On December 18, 2020, the FDA issued an EUA for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. A fact sheet on the vaccine can be found here.
    • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine.
    • Effectiveness of the vaccine was found to be 94.1 percent.
    • Approval is for individuals 18 years of age and older.
    • The vaccine is administered as a series of two doses (0.5mL each) four weeks apart.
  3. On February 27, 2021, the DFA issued an EUA for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. A fact sheet on the vaccine can be found here.
    • The vaccine is approved for individuals 18 years of age and older.
    • The vaccine showed 67 percent effectiveness in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 overall in all countries studied.
    • The vaccine was 85 percent effective in preventing severe/critical COVID-19 that occurred at least 28 days post vaccination.
    • The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is a viral vector vaccine using an adenovirus to carry a coronavirus gene into human cells.
    • This vaccine has two advantages over the mRNA vaccines:
      1. It is a one-dose vaccine.
      2. It can be stored at refrigeration temperatures
  1. AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use in the United Kingdom.
  • study published in Lancet found that overall effectiveness of the vaccine was 70.4 percent.
  • The low dose/high dose regimen had an effectiveness of 90 percent.
  • The high dose/high dose regimen had an effectiveness of 62.1 percent.
  • Due to questions regarding unexpected results, AstraZeneca has not decided whether to apply to the FDA for an EUA.
  1. Novavax entered Phase 3 trials of its vaccine on December 28, 2020.
  • The Novavax vaccine is made from a stabilized form of the coronavirus spike protein combined with a proprietary adjuvant, MatrixMä.
  • The vaccine is administered in two doses, 21 days apart.
  1. On December 11, 2020, Sanofi and GSK announced a delay in their COVID-19 vaccine due to a poor immune response in adults more than 50 years of age.
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Ethical Concerns

Unfortunately, research performed by The Charlotte Lozier Institute has confirmed that five of the six vaccines listed above have used one of two different fetal cell lines derived from two separate decades-old abortions to assist in the development of these new vaccines. It is still unknown whether the vaccine from Sanofi used a fetal cell line because no information regarding their vaccine development has been published.

It is important to note that fetal cell lines can be used in three different stages of vaccine development: design, confirmation and ongoing production. Many ethicists, including those at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, believe that using a fetal cell line for ongoing vaccine production is more ethically problematic than using a fetal cell line for design or confirmation. The design and confirmation steps use a limited number of fetal cells while the production stage is continuous.

Below is a chart that designates the known involvement of fetal cell lines in the six leading vaccine candidates:

COVIDvaccineChart

(The red X indicates the utilization of an abortion-derived fetal cell line. The green check indicates the step was free of any utilization of an abortion derived fetal cell line.)

If, as a CMDA member, you would like to advocate for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine that is free from any ethical concerns, you may do so at our Freedom2Care Action Center. It should take you less than 30 seconds.

CMDA's Recommendation on Mass Gatherings:

Romans 13: 1, 2 gives clear guidance in times like these. “1Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. Christian Medical & Dental Associations endorses the efforts of state and federal government authorities to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by limiting large gatherings. We believe that churches that ignore those instructions are placing their congregants at increased exposure and risk of SARS-Co-V-2 (Covid-19) infection and therefore we cannot condone such decisions or actions by churches.

RESOURCES & TOOLS

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On Faith and Fear

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In the Midst of Uncertainty

By Krystal Mattox, DDS | March 30, 2020

A Touch of Compassion

By Jennifer Wade, DDS | May 5, 2020

Faith in Times of Uncertainty

By Sam Molind, DMD | May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction?

By Jeffrey Barrows DO, MA (Bioethics) | February 17, 2021

Navigating Vaccine Ethics

By Jonathan Imbody | January 7, 2021

Our Duty to COVID-19 Patients

By Eric F. Hussar, MD | December 30, 2020

First Do No Harm

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | November 24, 2020

Ethical Science at Warp Speed

By David Prentice, PhD | November 16, 2020

The Polarizing Pandemic

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | May 21, 2020

Lessons from the Epicenter

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® | May 21, 2020

Thinking of Ultimate Things

By Amy Givler, MD | May 28, 2020

Responding to Anti-Christian Animus Revealed in the Pandemic

By Jonathan Imbody | June 4, 2020

Heroes, Wistfulness, Roles and Faithfulness

By Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA (Ethics) | June 11, 2020

Living with Uncertainty

By Tracy Liang | June 23, 2020

What if Christians Led the Way Out of This? – Redefining our Freedom According to the Cross

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® | July 22, 2020

A Vaccine Trial is Not a Trial: What Participating Looks Like

By Amy Givler, MD | September 24, 2020

Overcoming the Bombardment of COVID-19

By Doug Lindberg, MD | October 22, 2020

Share Your Prayer Requests

By Christian Medical & Dental Associations® | March 26, 2020

A Healthy Fear

By Al Weir, MD | April 7, 2020

A Guide in the Middle of COVID-19

By Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD, MBA | March 19, 2020

Anxious? Me, Too. How To Lean On God When Feelings Don’t Cooperate

By Amy Givler, MD | March 26, 2020

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