A $1 Million Donation from Dolly Parton is Partially Funding Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Research


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Is there nothing Dolly Parton can’t do?

In addition to being a much-needed beacon of kindness, social awareness and general goodwill these past several months of COVID-19-related lockdown, uncertainty and frustration, the country/pop culture legend also lent a hand financially … to the tune of a donation of one million dollars to coronavirus vaccine research.

In fact, the research she donated to in part facilitated the progress toward the Moderna vaccine, which made headlines this week for its promising 95 percent efficacy in treating the virus.

More, per the Guardian:

In April, Parton donated £800,000 to research after her friend Dr Naji Abumrad of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee told her that they were making “some exciting advancements” in the search for a cure for the virus. Abumrad and Parton became friends in 2014 after the singer was involved in a car accident and treated at Vanderbilt.

More:

The 74-year-old country music icon’s donation has also supported convalescent plasma study at Vanderbilt – treating infected people with the plasma of others carrying antibodies against the virus – as well as the development of several research papers pertaining to the virus.

Moderna has said it could potentially produce 1bn doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021 and is applying for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For more confirmation of Dolly’s involvement, there’s also this:

As this news made the rounds this week, Dolly appeared on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday … and she wasn’t exactly aware of precisely where her donation had gone:

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good, and evidently it is. Let’s just hope we find a cure real soon.”

Good on you, Dolly, for doing what you can with your profile and helping to (hopefully) contribute toward the end of this virus.

This is the latest high-profile news from Dolly Parton, who appeared recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and brought the host to tears with her singing:

Most of her video chat focused on the upcoming release of her coffee table book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, as well as her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas (click here to pick up a copy from our Rock Cellar Store).


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