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Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna’s covid-19 vaccine research

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. – In April, less than a month after COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic, Dolly Parton donated $ 1 million for coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University.

More than seven months later, it was revealed that the legendary artist’s donation helped fund Moderna’s covid-19 vaccine, which this week became the second coronavirus vaccine with a staggeringly high success rate.

Parton’s name appears in the preliminary report on the vaccine, among sponsors such as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Emory University. He originally made a donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in honor of Dr. Naji Abumrad, his friend and Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt.

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Dolly Parton, who donated $ 1 million to covid-19 research in April, is among the funders who funded Moderna’s vaccine research.

Moderna’s vaccine is 94.5% effective against the coronavirus, according to the first data published this week by the company. Vaccinations could begin in late December, Fauci said, although they will first be available to high-risk groups such as healthcare workers, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

The situation has worsened since Dolly Parton’s donation

Covid-19 has gotten worse since Parton made his donation. At the time, there were just over 200,000 cases of Covid-19 reported in the United States. There are now more than 11.2 million cases, and nearly 250,000 Americans have died.

Parton then acknowledged the severity of the virus and urged fans to donate to Vanderbilt Health’s covid-19 research fund, which has raised more than $ 98,000 of its goal of $ 250,000.

His donation was used in the first instance to research interim treatments for COVID-19 while the vaccine was being developed, he said in an April appearance on NBC’s “Today.”

“I felt that this was the time to open my heart and my hands and try to help,” he said in his appearance on “Today.”

CNN has reached out to Moderna and representatives from Parton and is awaiting a response.

CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen contributed to this report.