Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we've had memes to explain, critique, and immortalize every moment and hot take. We've shared memes about how coronavirus restrictions apparently only apply to certain people and even memed the president's COVID diagnosis. Through it all, the pandemic has been grossly and criminally mishandled, costing hundreds of thousands of lives and devastating Black, Brown, and low-income communities specifically. Many say the pandemic pierced the veil that hid this country's nasty inner-working but if you look at these memes, you'd think all we can do about it is laugh.
In true season finale fashion, Pfizer and Moderna each produced their own very impressive COVID-19 vaccines in record time. America has lost a lot of the little progress it initially made in slowing the spread of the virus and new daily cases are currently at an all-time high. But now we do have two syringe-shaped lights at the end of the tunnel, so which one should we pick?
This is how the Pfizer vs. Moderna meme was born. It's a meme about the ridiculous choices of capitalism. A potential immunization against a virus that's killed 200,000 Americans is great news. Having to choose between two major pharmaceutical companies' offerings, one of which was developed thanks to Dolly Parton's sponsorship, feels absurd.
This must be the competition people talk about that supposedly produces the best version of every product and service imaginable. And slowly, the internet has started to wonder how these mega-companies are managing their feelings. Some of the funniest memes depict moments of jealousy and friendly rivalry.
It certainly is season finale material, a swelling climax with a promise for season two. It's even a sign of hope after a year of intermittent progress and so the Pfizer vs. Moderna meme folds itself into the "2020 Writers' Room" memes.