Her donation was used to fund research that is showing promising results in tackling Covid-19.
With the year 2020 came a pandemic that brought the entire planet to a standstill. And we would not have gotten this far if it wasn't for the many moments of collective humanity and for the kindness that people have shown in plenty.
Among the well-known faces that have generously supported actions to tackle the outbreak, Dolly Parton also donated $1 million for Covid-19 research in April, which was around the time when the pandemic began spreading through the US.
Parton donated the amount for research at Vanderbilt University and now, months later, it has been reported that the money was used to fund Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, according to CNN. This is the second coronavirus vaccine that shows promise with a high success rate this week.
Dolly Parton partly funded the Moderna COVID vaccine research with a $1 million donation. https://t.co/XBR2M1XQ6E— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 18, 2020
The company's data revealed that the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective against coronavirus, and Parton's donation helped make it possible.
Her donation was made to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where her friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad is doing research. Now the singer's name is part of the list of sponsors that was included in the vaccine's preliminary report. The Emory University and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, also share the list with Parton, among others.
According to BBC, after making the donation, the legendary singer spoke on NBC's Today Show and said, "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."
When she made the donation, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center released a statement on their website that spoke about how her contribution would make a significant difference in the country's fight against COVID-19.
"Dolly’s amazing generosity is a source of inspiration and will have a lasting impact on the battle against COVID-19," said Jeff Balser, the President and CEO of VUMC and Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
"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, " added Balser.
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
John Howser, a spokesperson for VUMC, mentioned that Parton's donation was also supporting a convalescent plasma study and research involving antibody therapies. This research is directed towards developing a treatment that involves convalescent plasma to help those affected by the coronavirus.
"Her gift provided support for a pilot convalescent plasma study that one of our researchers was able to successfully complete," Howser told BBC. "Funds from Dolly's gift are also supporting very promising research into monoclonal antibodies that act as a temporary vaccine for Covid. Two of these antibodies are now being tested by a global pharmaceutical firm."
Just a moment of profound gratitude to @DollyParton and her COVID-19 Research Fund.— Esther Choo MD MPH (@choo_ek) November 17, 2020
Give Dolly Parton the Nobel Peace Prize— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) November 17, 2020
I always knew Dolly Parton would save us.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 17, 2020
Can we name it the Dolly Parton vaccine— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 18, 2020
Given the seriousness of the pandemic and the damage it could cause, Parton had also previously encouraged her fans to donate what they could to Vanderbilt Health’s Covid-19 research fund. According to CBS Boston, the goal of Vanderbilt Health’s research fund was set at $250,000, and they were able to raise more than $98,000 soon after the launch.