COVID vaccines get full approval, name changes

Meet Comirnaty, SpikeVax and Vaxzervria

Health Canada has given full approval to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines.

Until now, they had been authorized for use under an interim order, which had allowed for a speedy rollout to try to slow the spread of COVID. During the interim order, the vaccines didn’t go by their brand names, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved, they will go by their permanent names.

With the final approval, the vaccines have been given brand names.

The Pfizer vaccine has been named Comirnaty — a combination of the terms COVID, mRNA, community, and immunity. Moderna has been changed to SpikeVax and AstraZeneca to Vaxzevria.