Dolly Parton may save us all. Literally.
On Monday, drugmaker Moderna announced that it’s developing a COVID-19 vaccine that has proven to be 94.5 percent effective, “joining Pfizer as a front-runner in the global race to contain a raging pandemic that has killed 1.2 million people worldwide,” according to the New York Times. Funding for the vaccine, which could be given to “more than 20 million people in the United States by sometime in December,” came from, among others, country legend and all-around national treasure Dolly Parton.
The “Jolene” singer donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center earlier this year after her “longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards that research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she wrote in a statement. Parton and Dr. Abumrad became buddies when he treated her after she was involved in a car accident; his son, Jad, later hosted the Dolly Parton’s America podcast:
Moderna’s efforts to clinch a vaccine were funded, in part, the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund as part of the musician’s unwavering support for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The centre was one of several key players and institutions in public health that have supported Moderna’s months-long bid to contain COVID-19.
Yes, Dolly Parton part-funded research which went towards the Moderna vaccine which has reported 94.5% effectiveness. pic.twitter.com/tdyFWRnvsz
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) November 17, 2020
Of course Dolly Parton was involved in funding a vaccine that has a 95% protection!!! pic.twitter.com/uSenF75qsF
— Dave Regis (@DaveRegis1) November 17, 2020
Madam President Dolly Parton gave us the vaccine, a news Xmas album, and TWO holiday TV movies all in like 6 weeks pic.twitter.com/6WmdadhLyR
— kylo sten (@ksteeno) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton just casually saving the world from covid by funding the new vaccine with 95% success rate pic.twitter.com/puxEEZLmHL
— Ben Wilson (@benljwilson1996) November 17, 2020
And once again, Saint Dolly Parton graces us with her kind donation to help expedite a Covid-19 vaccine.
Dolly Bless You All. Dolly Be Praised. For We Are All Humble. 😇 pic.twitter.com/Sji7jn7laB
— Kiejah D. (@kiejahd) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton contributed $1m to the development of the Moderna vaccine – just in case we didn’t all acknowledge how amazing she is already. pic.twitter.com/gULagux3ID
— Cllr. Séamas de Faoite (@SeamasBelfast) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton has been the one constant this year and forever actually pic.twitter.com/Eyx1qGkYl0
— shane reaction ☘️ (@shane_reaction_) November 17, 2020
I want everyone to know that Dolly Parton gave us Buffy the tv series, the song 9 to 5, Dollywood, and of course the Covid vaccine. https://t.co/mCPB3QlCpZ
— Kevidently (@Kevidently) November 17, 2020
We don't deserve Dolly Parton. God bless that beautiful soul
— 🌸Likes🌸 (@broken_rhi) November 17, 2020
[To the tune of “Jolene”] “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.” (Sorry.)
(Via Yahoo! News)