“It’s been good for me and my family over the years”: Dolly Parton praises the “exciting” news that her $ 1 million hospital donation helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine
Dolly Parton praised the “exciting”
The 74-year-old musician contributed funds to medical research at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, to study the coronavirus in April after the hospital was “good for her and her family over the years.”
This week, the American company Moderna announced that its coronavirus vaccine could be 94.5% effective against Covid-19, and Parton was tested in the preliminary report.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the report states that the work was supported by the Dolly Parton Research Fund COVID-19 (Vanderbilt University Medical Center) among other groups.
But the country music icon admitted that she did not know that this was the program in which she participated when she first heard the good news.
Speaking on BBC The One on Tuesday night, Dolly admitted she was “already at work” and did interviews when someone asked her on the air about the vaccine.
She said: “I am so excited about the news. I heard this yesterday and didn’t realize that it was part of the program I was part of. So I feel very, very honorable and proud. ‘
Dolly donated $ 1 million to the program at Vanderbilt Hospital in April, which was later dubbed the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund.
The singer said: “When the pandemic started many months ago, I just felt like it made me put some money into a program at Vanderbilt Hospital, it’s a wonderful hospital here.
Donation: Dolly Parton, 74, was recently revealed to have donated $ 1 million to a program that funds Moderna’s promising COVID-19 vaccine
“Over the years, it was good for me and my family, so I donated $ 1 million and they called it the Dolly Parton Cowid Fund.
“So they actually got more money out of it, and it just started to grow, and they developed all these wonderful things.
“So I just realized, as I said today, that it’s really part of the program we started.
“I’m sure many, many millions of dollars from a lot of people have gone into this, but I just felt so proud that I was part of that little seed that we hope will grow into something great and help cure this world.
Good for her: the country singer contributed $ 1 million to Vanderbilt Hospital, which she said was “good for her and her family over the years”
Dolly revealed her generous donation in a tweet in April. She said: “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who has been doing research at Vanderbilt for many years, informs me that they are making some exciting progress in coronavirus research for treatment.
“I’m making a $ 1 million donation to Vanderbilt for this study and to encourage people who can afford it to donate.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed on Monday that the UK will receive 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, starting in March 2021, if approved by regulators.
Didn’t know: Dolly told Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas that she didn’t know this was the program she was in when she first heard the news
Last month, Dolly released her first Christmas album in her 30-year career, saying this year was perfect because “people are home more than usual.”
She said: “People will be in their homes more than usual. We can’t travel and do all the things we want, so I wanted to do something special.
“I had time because I was also locked up and I’m one of those people who will make the most of my time, no matter what.
“So I just started putting together the album, and even during the little musical interludes, the twists and turns that I would talk to people about, and I felt like I was there in your house so we could have Christmas together.