Why The Heck Is The Pfizer Vaccine Now Called 'Comirnaty'?

In case you missed it, Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was given full approval on Monday, as well as a new name - 'Comirnaty'

  • So where on earth did they come up with that name? 
  • It's the work of Brand Institute, a pharmaceutical consulting firm that specializes in "the development of brands and identities".
  • Pfizer says the name "represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity".  
  • Other names considered include Covuity, RnaxCovi, Kovimerna, and RNXtract - all of which were trademarked this summer.
  • Do you think you could come up with a better name than 'Comirnaty'? Would one of the other names have been better? 

Let's show our work-

Why Comirnaty?

USA TODAY said according to the companies, it "represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity."

co = COVID-19 (which in turn stands for COrona VIrus Disease 2019, the year it was discovered)
mirna =mRNA, the snippets of genetic code that tell cells to build proteins. In this case, the proteins on the COVID-19 spike protein
ty = some combination of community and immunity. 

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