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 an incredibly high success rate.
Parton’s name appears in the preliminary vaccine report among sponsors like the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed by Dr Anthony Fauci, and Emory University. Originally, she made a donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in honor of her friend and Vanderbilt professor of surgery, Dr. Naji Abumrad.
The Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against the coronavirus, according to initial data released this week by the company. Vaccinations could start as early as the end of December, Fauci said, although they are first made available to high-risk groups such as healthcare workers, the elderly and those with sub-health conditions. underlying.
Covid-19 has increased since Parton made his first donation. Then there were just over 200,000 reported cases of Covid-19 in the United States. Today, there are over 11.2 million cases and nearly 250,000 Americans have died.
Parton then acknowledged the severity of the virus and urged his fans to donate to Vanderbilt Health‘s Covid-19 research fund, which raised more than $ 98,000 of its goal of $ 250,000.
Her donation was first used to research interim treatments for Covid-19 during vaccine development, she said during an April appearance on NBC’s “Today”.
“I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand and try to help,” she said in her “Today” appearance.
CNN has contacted Moderna and representatives for Parton and is awaiting a response.