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Dolly Parton is one of the most prolific composers of our time, but she is known for her philanthropy as well as her work.

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The statement: Dolly Parton was the main financier for Moderna̵
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Shortly after Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective against the virus, Internet users turned to social media to thank an unexpected benefactor.

Facebook and Twitter users flooded the platforms with jokes that “Jolene” in the singer’s hit single Dolly Parton should be replaced with the word “vaccine” because she was the main financier of the promising vaccine.

“Dolly Parton was one of the biggest funders for Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, which proved to be almost 95% effective in the early data,” reads an Instagram post from Occupy Democrats.

“Why don’t we discuss the fact that the good news vaccine this morning is partially funded by Dolly Parton?” wrote another user.

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Parton credited for donation

A preliminary report by The New England Journal of Medicine on the Moderna vaccine credited Parton and others for a donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Parton announced earlier this year that he would donate $ 1 million to the center to help fund research efforts for COVID-19.

“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who has been researching at Vanderbilt for many years, informs me that they are making some exciting progress in coronavirus research for treatment,” Parton tweeted in April, encouraging his fans to donate as well.

Abumrad, a doctor and professor of surgery, treated Parton after her car crash in October 2013, and the two formed a friendship in which they talked about current events and science, writes the Washington Post.

“Undoubtedly in my mind, its funding has made research into the vaccine 10 times faster than it would be without it,” Abumrad told the Washington Post.

The Vanderbilt Vaccination Center is testing synthetic antibodies that could potentially treat and prevent the virus, and the Moderna vaccine is possible from researchers at Vanderbilt, Emory University and others, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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A long history of philanthropy

This is hardly Parton’s first venture.

In 1995, Parton started and founded the Imagination Library to increase children’s literacy. The initiative sent more than 133 million free books to children, USA TODAY reported.

Her My People Foundation has donated $ 9 million to people who lost their homes in fires in 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Speaking on the BBC’s “The One Show”, Parton said she was “so excited” to hear the news about the Moderna vaccine and “feels so proud that she was part of that little seed that we hope will grow into something great and will help heal this world. “

On Tuesday, Parton tweeted about her donation, saying that when she donated the money, she “just wanted it to be useful” and hoped “we can find a cure soon.”

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Our rating: True

The claim that Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is TRUE. Parton announced his $ 1 million donation in April for his friendship with a doctor. A report in The New England Journal of Medicine recognizes Parton as a supporter of footnote research, and she has a long history of philanthropy.

Our sources for fact verification:

  • The New England Journal of Medicine, November 12, mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 – preliminary report
  • Dolly Parton, April 1, Tweet
  • The Washington Post, Nov. 18, Dolly Parton helped fund the Modern vaccine. It all started with a car accident and an unlikely friendship.
  • Knoxville News, November 17, Dolly Parton helped fund 95% effective Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that could end pandemic
  • USA TODAY, August 27, country music legend Dolly Parton among the inspiring women of the century on the Tennessee list
  • BBC, Nov. 18, Dolly Parton “honor and pride” to help battle Covid-19
  • Dolly Parton, November 17, Tweet

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