Updated: Mar 2, 2021
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Dolly Parton donated a million dollars to help develop a vaccine. It now turns out this money helped develop the Moderna vaccine, the vaccine that showed a 94,5% efficiency rate last week.
In an interview with BBC, Parton explained she made the one million dollar donation to the disease's research centre of the Vanderbilt University Hospital last April. The university used the money to set up the "Dolly Parton COVID-19 Fund''. This fund is shown on the preliminary report of the Moderna vaccine. In the interview Parton said she:
"Just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world." (...) "I’m a very proud girl today to know that I had anything at all to do with something that’s gonna help us through this crazy pandemic."
Parton donated the money in honour of her friend and the university's professor of surgery, Dr. Naji Abumrad. Dolly Parton encouraged fans who could afford it to donate to the fund, which helped raise an additional $100.000.
You can watch the interview down here: