It’s truly the greatest gift of all: a $1m donation by Dolly Parton to Covid-19 vaccine research supported the development of the Moderna vaccine, which shows 95 percent protection from the Covid.
In April, Parton donated £800,000 to research after her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infe-ction, Immunology, and Infla-mmation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee told her that they were making “some exciting advancements” in the search for a cure for the Covid.
Abumrad and Parton became friends in 2014 after the singer was involved in a car acc!dent and treated at Vanderbilt. Parton is yet to respond to the news. The Guardian has contacted representatives for the singer.
The 74-year-old country music icon’s donation has also supported convalescent plasma study at Vanderbilt – treating infe-cted people with the plasma of others carrying ant!bodies aga!nst the Covid– as well as the development of several research papers pertaining to the Covid.
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 Dr*g Administration (FDA).
It has already begun submitting data to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): the UK has secured an initial 5m doses of the new vaccine. Moderna’s bre-akthrough follows a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine showing 90 percent effe-ctiveness.
The Dolly Parton Covid-19 research fund is the latest example of Parton’s well-known philanthropy. Her Imagination Library gifts free books to children from birth until starting school in participating areas.
The Moderna vaccine was developed with support from the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund pic.twitter.com/T3ERI7ofsZ
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) November 17, 2020
She recently told Oprah Winfrey that she never had children “because I believe that God didn’t mean for me to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine, so I could do things like the Imagination Library.”
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 October she released her 47th solo album, A Holly Dolly Christmas – her third festive collection. Her seasonal musical, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, which stars Parton alongside Christine Baranski and Jenifer Lewis, premieres on Netflix on 22 November.
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