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Covid-19: Less haste, more safety

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 20 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3258

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Re: Covid-19 vaccines...or SARS-CoV-2 vaccines? Clarification needed.

Dear Editor

Is it correct to use the term Covid-19 vaccines?

Shouldn't these vaccines instead be described as SARS-CoV-2 vaccines?

It grates with me to use the term Covid-19 vaccine, it doesn't seem right.

Terminology was similarly incorrectly used with the initially titled 'cervical cancer vaccines', which are now more correctly described as HPV vaccines.

Surely the vaccines should be described as SARS-CoV-2 and not Covid-19?

This is an important distinction and it should be correct - can we have clarification on this?

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 September 2020
Elizabeth M Hart
Independent person investigating the over-use of vaccine products and conflicts of interest in vaccination policy
Adelaide, Australia