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Dolly Parton Donated $1 Million To Moderna's Covid-19 Vaccine Research | The Drug Is 94.5% Effective

Dolly Parton Donated $1 Million To Moderna's Covid-19 Vaccine Research | The Drug Is 94.5% Effective

Dolly Parton donated at a time when the number of cases in the United States of America was just over 200,000.

The coronavirus pandemic claimed the lives of millions around the world, creating an urgent need for vaccines to combat it. Researchers have been working ever since to develop an antidote for the fatal virus.

According to CNN, singer Dolly Parton donated $1 million to the coronavirus research at Vanderbilt University just a month after the outbreak of CoVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Her donation yielded results more than seven months after the generous deed.



 

Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, developed using the donation, has become the second vaccine to have a great success rate. The initial data showed the vaccine is 94.5% effective against the virus. The preliminary data released states Parton among the list of sponsors. The legendary singer made the donation in honor of her friend and Vanderbilt professor of surgery, Dr. Naji Abumrad.

The singer's timely donation to the research showed how soon she recognized the severity of the pandemic. The number of people affected at the time was just over 200,000. She also urged her fans to donate to Vanderbilt Health's Covid-19 research fund. The fund has gathered more than $98,000 of its $250,000 goal.



 

Commenting on her donation in April 2020, the singer stated, "What better time right now, we need this. I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand, and try to help," according to the University website

Her donation was initially used for research relating to interim Covid-19 treatments.

“Dolly’s amazing generosity is a source of inspiration and will have a lasting impact on the battle against COVID-19," said Jeff Balser, MD, Ph.D., President, and CEO of VUMC and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in April 2020.



 

He added, "She cares so much about helping others and we are very grateful for her ongoing support. These funds will help us complete promising research that can benefit millions in their battle with the virus.”   

Other sponsors of the vaccine include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Emory University. 

Dr. Fauci stated that the distribution of the vaccine could begin early or late December. It will be prioritized for those belonging to the high-risk category such as senior citizens with underlying medical conditions and health care workers.



 

As per the current data, over 11.2 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States. About 250,000 Americans were killed by the virus. 

References: 

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/17/entertainment/dolly-parton-covid-moderna-vaccine-trnd/index.html
https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/dolly-parton-makes-generous-gift-advance-covid-19-research-vanderbilt