As unexpected as it may seem, one of the greatest luminaries in country music became one of the leading helpers in the fight against COVID-19. And it seems that Dolly Parton is partly responsible for the fact that Moderna’s vaccine, which is 95% effective against COVID-19, was born and is possible.
Many will wonder what the singer has to do with the vaccine. It turns out that (via) during the month of April, almost a month before the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, Parton donated $ 1 million to Vandervilt University with the intention of supporting the funding of research on the coronavirus. After doing so, the singer shared it on Instagram and urged others to do the same.
Little more than seven months later, it seems that this seed grew to become Moderna’s vaccine that today has presented one of the highest rates of effectiveness against the virus. And for this reason, the same university and those responsible for the vaccine have thanked Dolly Parton for her contribution and also recognized her as one of those responsible for making it possible.
The official report of the vaccine mentions the name of the country queen as part of a list of sponsors that made the creation of the asset possible. Parton shares credits with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, among others.
Supposedly her initial donation to Vandervilt University was born primarily of the singer’s appreciation for Dr. Naji Abumrad, who is part of the institute and is a close friend of hers. His donation resulted in several following his example, and the COVID-19 research fund reached just under half of its goal.
After the news was released, the singer said she was very honored and proud that her donation has been of great help in the battle that humanity is waging against COVID-19.
“I’m sure many millions of dollars went into it from many people,” Parton said. “But I’m very proud to have been a part of that little startup capital that will hopefully turn into something great that will help heal the world.”
Just shortly after the singer made the respective donation, the situation regarding the virus and the pandemic increased considerably. At the time of its contribution, the United States presented an approximate of 200 thousand cases that contrast with the now 11.2 million cases registered to date.
Your donation also supports a plasma study and a study involving antibody therapies, said John Howser, a spokesman for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Plasma is one of the unrefined methods used to treat people who already carry the virus.
“Your donation supported a convalescent plasma pilot study that one of our researchers was able to complete with great success,” Howser said.
Moderna’s vaccine has been presented as one with an effectiveness of almost 95% in eradicating the coronavirus. If all goes well, vaccinations could begin at the end of December, with priority especially for health workers, vulnerable groups such as the elderly and those with other risky diseases.
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Luis Angel H Mora My letter from Hogwarts never arrived, so I focused my life on the cinema. I like writing, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the parties I get to be an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.