The $ 1 million miniature diva’s donation for Covid-19 research was used in part to fund Moderna’s promising Covid-19 vaccine – something she didn’t even know until her name appeared among other sponsors in a preliminary report on the vaccine.
In Tuesday’s media appearance, Parton shone with pride and excitement at the news.
“Thank goodness!” she told Today by presenters Hoda Cott and Jenna Bush Hager. “I’m just very grateful it’s happening and if I had anything to do with it, it’s great.”
Parton, who said she learned her donation had contributed to the vaccine’s trial on Tuesday morning, told The BBC’s The One Show that she felt “very revered and very proud” to be a small piece of it. which may be the main treatment for Kovid -19.
“I just felt so proud to be part of that little seed that we hope will grow into something great and help heal this world,” she said. “Today I am a very proud girl who knows I have something to do with something that will help us in this crazy pandemic.”
Parton donated the first Covid-19 research effort to Vanderbilt University in early April, when there were about 200,000 Covid-19 cases in the United States. There are now more than 11.3 million cases and nearly 250,000 Americans have died.
Moderna is thought to be 94.5% effective against coronavirus, according to early data released by the company. Vaccinations can begin as early as the end of December, said top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, although they will be given first to high-risk groups such as health workers, the elderly and people with medical difficulties.
In April, Parton encouraged his fans, who could afford it, to donate to the Vanderbilt Health Covid-19 research fund. He has since raised more than $ 100,000 from his $ 250,000 target.