Turns out Dolly Parton donated $1 million to help fund research for Moderna’s newly announced COVID-19 vaccine.
The money did not go to waste either – as it was declared this week that the vaccine she pledged the whopping amount to, created by the biotechnology company Moderna, became the second US-based COVID-19 vaccine with a remarkably high success rate.
“I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand and try to help,” she said in her appearance on NBC’s Today.
Parton’s name is listed on the vaccine’s preliminary report, alongside sponsors such as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dolly Parton helped fund the Moderna COVID vaccine, has donated more books than any person in the history of the planet, is one of the greatest recording artists and song writers in history but hasn't received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has. https://t.co/SkPP7wXggu
— Exiled From America (@chipinvegas) November 17, 2020
The iconic singer heard about the vaccine research through an old friend and Professor of Surgery, Dr Naji Abumrad, who treated her in 2014 when Parton was admitted to Vanderbilt after a car accident.
Parton originally donated in honour of Abumrad, and the donation resulted in Vanderbilt’s research playing a key role in developing the highly successful vaccine.
Dolly Parton can cure COVID but COVID could never write ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ in the same day!!!
— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) November 17, 2020
The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against the COVID-19 virus, according to figures released this week by the biotechnology company, with the possibility of vaccinations beginning in late December.
The vaccine not only trumped many of its competitors in success rate but also in the fact that it can be stored in conventional refrigerators and freezers, making storage and shipping of the drug a lot easier.
They worked 9-5 on it
— Barry || Dictator-elect 🤪 (@PlymouthBarry) November 17, 2020
Parton’s huge gift to the project sees a major advancement in the race for a vaccine, and it might just get everyone back to their 9-5’s just a little a bit sooner.
I always knew Dolly Parton would save us.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 17, 2020