Dolly Parton has financed with a million dollars (841,000 euros) the vaccine research of Moderna, a laboratory that recently confirmed that its vaccine against covid-19 is 94.5% effective.
The country singer is listed in the preliminary vaccine report as one of the main investors of scientific research, together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Emory University.
The money came to Moderna’s laboratories after the artist donated the million dollars to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenneesee, under the label ‘Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund’, which finally went to the development of the new vaccine.
“My old friend, the doctor Naji abumrad, who has been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting breakthroughs in researching cures for coronavirus. I will donate a million dollars to Vanderbilt for that research and to encourage people who can afford it to make donations, “he explained Dolly Parton in April.
A very applauded gesture
American media and fans of the singer have thanked Parton for the gesture.
“Dolly Parton saves the world and it doesn’t even surprise me,” wrote one user on social media.
“I want everyone to know that Dolly Parton gave us ‘Buffy’, the television series, the song ‘9 to 5’, Dollywood and, of course, the vaccine against covid-19,” says another.
Moderna is making rapid progress in its agreements to open markets for its vaccine candidate once its efficacy and safety are confirmed with new data, after the first phase 3 trial data indicated on Monday that they are on the right track.
The vaccine, which has been administered to part of the 30,000 volunteers in the phase 3 trials, stimulated an immune response in 5 of the 95 volunteers who became infected with Covid-19 during the trials.
The rest of those 95 had received a placebo, used to compare the evolution of the disease in the unvaccinated population. The tests depend on volunteers being infected with the virus in the real world, so an increase in infections nationwide like the one that is taking place in the US helps to speed up the process.