Dolly Parton's $1M donation helped fund promising COVID-19 vaccine: 'I just wanted it to do good'

Taryn Ryder
·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
·3 min read

Dolly Parton really can do it all. She can sing. She can act. She can… “cure” coronavirus?

OK, not really, as there’s no known cure for COVID-19, but Parton fans are having a lot of fun applauding the country icon for her philanthropic work that might have a big impact on the pandemic.

TODAY -- Pictured: Dolly Parton on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dolly Parton fans joke the singer "cured" coronavirus after helping fund promising vaccine. (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

This week, Moderna announced early results show its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5 percent effective at preventing infection. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine credits the “Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)” as a supporter, plus many other groups.

Parton became a trending topic Tuesday for her role in Moderna’s success, which she addressed on the Today show.

“Yeah! That’s what I understand this morning,” Parton shared. “I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else. 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 find a cure real soon.”

In April, Parton announced she was donating $1 million to Vanderbilt towards COVID-19 research.

“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,” she wrote. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Twitter is reveling in Parton’s connection to the promising vaccine.

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