If it’s COVID, Paxlovid – A Real Commercial That’s Not Satire

Hi there! I write daily about different things in my personal life (being ghosted, up close with wild bison, living with a sassy beagle) but also public happenings through original satire, or info about the Anne Heche car crash, and, of course, popular commercials. I’ve been seeing this Pfizer COVID ad recently so thought I’d do a little research on it because, much to viewers surprise, it’s not a Saturday Night Live skit. Take a look then scroll down for more thoughts…

Are Side Effects Worse? Some people would rather just have COVID than endure the side effects of this medication. As listed on the commercial, they are: hives, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, yellow skin, yellow eyes, dark urine, altered taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure, muscle aches, abdominal pain, nausea, feeling unwell, liver problems, issues with HIV medicine, and conflicts with birth control. Sounds rather alarming, right? This is partly why it kind of comes across like an SNL skit. I mean, is it much different than this SNL clip?

Among the Stars. Recognizable stars sometimes appear in Pfizer-sponsored COVID commercials like the one with P!nk, Michael Phelps, Jean Smart, and Questlove. This one for Paxlovid includes Jennifer Candy-Sullivan (daughter of John Candy) and actor Michael Rivera (guy playing video games).

I’m in full belief that this ad, and any that come after it using the “If it’s COVID, Paxlovid” tagline, will get stuck in our heads like the SKYRIZI commercials, of which there are many. Unfortunately, at this point Paxlovid comes across like more of a comedy than something to take seriously. Plus, it doesn’t have a catchy jingle like SKYRIZI and I’ll admit I catch myself singing that song at least a few times per week.

Nothing is everrrrythiiiiing…

See you all tomorrow…

-Out of the Wilderness


Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes a 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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