This afternoon I just notified somebody at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine’s name is misspelled on several of their web pages. The new name for the vaccine is Comirnaty (pronounced koe-mir-na-tee). UIHC misspells it as “Comiranty.” And it has been that way for at least a week, probably since Pfizer publicly announced the name after the vaccine was fully licensed by the FDA. I found three instances of that although there could be more.
I found a news item that explains the name was deliberately chosen in order to remind us of the word “community” and the “mRNA” technology of the vaccine.
It actually reminded me of Foster Brooks whose comedy routine consisted of acting like he was drunk, slurring his speech in a parody of intoxication. The only way “Comirnaty” can make you think of “community” is if you’ve had a few too many.
On the other hand, “Comiranty” makes me think of the one Indiana Hoosier football player who was caught on camera with the word Indiana misspelled as “Indinia” on his jersey yesterday. By the way, Iowa beat Indinia 34-6 in the season opener. In all fairness, Indiana is not the only state that struggles with spelling.