It’s never been a stretch to say that Dolly Parton has helped save the world. Now, it’s more true than ever.
On Monday, the US-based biotech company Moderna shared results from preliminary data on their phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials and announced it was 94.5% effective against infection. What does that have to do with Dolly Parton? She made a major donation towards research that helped fund this vaccine.
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Back in April, Dolly made a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Naji Abumrad, Parton’s longtime friend and one of the doctors spearheading research told her they were “making some exciting advancements” that could lead to a potential cure.
Parton then made her donation and took to social media to share the news. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations,” she captioned an Instagram post in April.
As findings from the study were released in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund was credited as one of its many supporters.
"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. Evidently, it is. Let's just hope we find a cure real soon,” Dolly told TODAY.
The groundbreaking results from Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine study have been hailed as a success. “I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be about getting control of this outbreak,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview at the time. Dr. Fauci also called Moderna’s vaccine data “quite impressive.”