SpikeVax, Vaxzevria, Comirnaty. No, these are not new Pokémon. Here’s what people are saying about the new names for COVID vaccines

Health Canada has authorized the name change of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be called SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be called Vaxzevria, the health agency said in a tweet on thursday.

Health Canada assures the public that these are only name changes and that there are no changes to the vaccines themselves.

The new changes have already been implemented in the EU and the United States for promotional purposes.

“Although the vaccine brand will be COMIRNATY after this approval, Canada will continue to receive vials of the vaccine labeled Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.” Pfizer said Thursday.

Modern issued your own statement thanking the health agency for their hard work and confidence in fully approving the use of the vaccine in people over 12 years of age.

And while the vaccines have officially received full approval from Health Canada, much of the reaction online is decidedly less encouraging.

This is what people had to say

There are many Twitter users expressing concern about the name changes that create more confusion and fail to curb doubts about vaccines.

Some said strange-sounding names sounded “cool” while others said they were “unpronounceable.”

Even healthcare experts like infectious disease scientist and physician Isaac Bogoch weighed in on the conversation.

Dorcas Marfo is a Toronto-based Star Radio Reporter. Contact Dorcas by email: [email protected]


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