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UAE’s Top Islamic Council OKs Vaccines ‘Even if it Contains Pork Gelatin’

E-News | 23/12/2020 03:01 PM | Click to read full article

The United Arab Emirates' highest Islamic authority, the UAE Fatwa Council, has ruled that coronavirus vaccines are permissible for Muslims even if they contain pork gelatin.

If there are no alternatives, Council Chairman Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah said that the coronavirus vaccines would not be subject to Islam's restrictions on pork because of the higher need to "protect the human body". The council added that in this case, the pork gelatin is considered medicine, not food.