Parton donates $1M for Covid research
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
– Dolly Parton is trying to make a difference in the fight against Covid.
The singer donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University effort.
"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," Parton said on Twitter.
Parton's money went to help fund a study by Moderna, the Cambridge, Mass. biotech firm whose vaccine was said this week to be 95 percent effective.
According to the Washington Post, the contribution was an outgrowth of Parton's relationship with Dr. Naji Abumrad, 76, who treated the singer in 2014 after being in a car crash.
"Her work made it possible to expedite the science behind the testing," Abumrad, 76, said on Tuesday. "Without a doubt in my mind, her funding made the research toward the vaccine go 10 times faster than it would be without it."
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