Dolly Parton once again proves she is a beloved national treasure.
On Monday, biotech company Moderna made headlines when it announced its vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing COVID-19, based on preliminary trial data. In their analysis of Moderna’s vaccine, an independent board evaluated 95 confirmed COVID-19 infections among the trial’s 30,000 participants, determining that 90 of those patients had received the placebo, and only five had been given the vaccine.
After news broke of the promising vaccine, social media users dug up the fact that Dolly played a part in this groundbreaking advance!
In the footnotes of the New England Journal of Medicine's announcement about the Moderna vaccine's results, published November 12, the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund is credited as one of the supporters.
It turns out that back in April, the “Jolene” singer donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's efforts to combat COVID-19, which included Moderna's vaccine trial and clinical research.
During her Tuesday morning appearance on “Today,” Parton confirmed her donation.
“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good, and evidently it is, and let’s just hope we find a cure real soon,” she said.
When I donated the money to the Covid fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon. pic.twitter.com/dQgDWexO0C— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) November 17, 2020
The 74-year-old country music legend had previously spoken out about her generous donation, telling The Tennessean in April, “My 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 research of the coronavirus for a cure.”
“I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Needless to say, fans of Parton couldn’t contain their excitement on social media once they learned she had a role in the development of the vaccine that Dr. Anthony Fauci has called “really quite impressive.”
“We don't deserve Dolly Parton. God bless that beautiful soul,” a Twitter user wrote.
“Give Dolly Parton the Nobel Peace Prize,” a commenter added.
“At what point to we anoint Dolly Parton as a saint?” another questioned.