Dolly Parton Donated $1 Million to Moderna For COVID Vaccine
I love country music artists, they are so generous, kind and compassionate. Dolly donated a million dollars back in April to Moderna to help fund research for a vaccine. She never even acknowledged it until just recently when she was on "TODAY." The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna is said to be 94.5% effective against the virus. When asked about it Dolly said, "I'm just happy that anything I do can help somebody else. When I donated 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."
The main research efforts were happening at Vanderbuilt University and Dolly has a longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad from the university that told her there were "some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure." She wanted to help and had the means to do it.
Comments from fans have been fantastic: "The important thing to know is Dolly Parton funded the moderna vaccine and will save us all because she is good," said writer Lauren Hough.
"Just a moment of profound gratitude to Dolly Parton and her COVID-19 Research Fund," said Esther Choo, an emergency physician and professor at Oregon Health & Science University. "It's a tremendously discouraging time. But still, we can always find the helpers. Don't lose hope."
Moderna said on Monday that its shots provide strong protection in the fight against COVID. Last week, Pfizer announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission for emergency use in the U.S. There is still a lot for us to learn about the vaccines and COVID as in the grand scheme of things and even though we feel like we have been in this forever, it is still all very new in the science world. One thing that is not new is people helping people, one thing that country artists like Dolly are so wonderful at.