Donations worth $1 million from the music icon have helped support the vaccine trails at Moderna
In April this year, Dolly Parton announced that she was donating 1 million USD in honour of her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for the research on the vaccine of Covid-19.
On Monday, US-based biotech company Moderna announced that the results from the early trails of its Covid-19 vaccine were 95% effective. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center was one of the trial sites for this Moderna vaccine.
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 can find a cure real soon. pic.twitter.com/dQgDWexO0C
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) November 17, 2020
In a public statement, Jeff Balser, the President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center said: “Dolly’s amazing generosity is a source of inspiration and will have a lasting impact on the battle against COVID-19. She cares so much about helping others and we are very grateful for her ongoing support. These funds will help us complete promising research that can benefit millions in their battle with the virus.”
The icon’s donations are also being used to fund the research on convalescent plasma to treat infected people with the plasma of those already recovered and carrying antibodies against the virus.
Since the revelation of Dolly’s contribution, her fans have taken on the internet calling her a champion of ‘ethical, responsible and humanitarian inspiration’. Celebrating her generosity, fans are also calling her the ‘saviour of the world’.
I want everyone to know that Dolly Parton gave us Buffy the tv series, the song 9 to 5, Dollywood, and of course the Covid vaccine. https://t.co/mCPB3QlCpZ
— Kevidently (@Kevidently) November 17, 2020
During an interview with BCC One, Parton said: “I’m sure many millions of dollars from many people went into that but I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world. I’m a very proud girl today to know I had anything at all to do with something that’s going to help us through this crazy pandemic.”
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Words by: Shravani Chavan | Subbing: Monika Laimaite