Canadian government has authorized change in the brand name of approved COVID-19 vaccines. New name for Pfizer-BioNTech will now be Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be named Spikevax, and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.
As per Health Canada tweet “These are only name changes. There are no changes to the vaccines themselves.” On September 7, Canada allowed the tourists, who are fully vaccinated with Canada approved vaccines.
Apart from all these, Health Canada also tweeted correction in the name of Spikevax. Most of the news channels reported the name was SpikeVax with uppercase “V” but health Canada mentioned that Spikevax with lower case “v” is correct spelling.
Why Was Vaccines Names Changed:
As of today, all these vaccines had interim approval which was about to expire today. Today’s change marked the full approval of these vaccines for those 12 years old and up in Canada. Most of the Canadians are reluctant to accept new names and asked via tweets about the need to change the names of vaccines amid this pandemic.
Will Vaccines Name Change Affect Travelers to Canada?
Some of the YouTubers or other social media accounts may use click baits on this announcement. As a result this may cause panic situation among the travelers to Canada. To all the future travelers, there is ABSOLUTELY no change in the rules and regulations or list of approved vaccinations. Everything remains the same. It’s just change in name.
You can find list of approved vaccinates here.