How Dolly Parton feels about helping create a vaccine

Lula Sharp
November 19, 2020

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"What does Dolly Parton do when she's not delivering more than 100 million books to kids who need them?" asked Washington Post's Cathleen Decker.

The icon made headlines in April with the major donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in honor of her friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, to support research teams working on coronavirus cures.

"Funds from Dolly's gift are also supporting very promising research into monoclonal antibodies that act as a temporary vaccine for Covid".

In media appearances on Tuesday, Parton was beaming with pride and excitement at the news.

She noted that she hadn't yet had a chance to read up on the vaccine but knew that people had given her partial credit for its development.

Speaking to NBC News, she said: "I'm just happy that anything I do can help somebody else".

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"Evidently, it is. Let's just hope we find a cure real soon".

Regardless of which vaccine "wins" the race to protect the public from the novel virus, two things are for certain: science is awesome, and Dolly Parton f**king RULES!

"I'm sure many, many millions of dollars from many people went into that [research fund] but I felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that hopefully will grow into something great and help to heal this world", she told BBC's The One Show.

In a subsequent interview with BBC, she said: "I'm a very proud girl today to know that I had anything at all to do with something that's gonna help us through this insane pandemic".

Dolly Parton donated $1 million toward research for a Covid-19 vaccine.

VUMC used Parton's donation for clinical trials to reduce life-threatening Covid-19 symptoms, to find new therapies to treat and prevent the infection, and ultimately, to create an effective vaccine.

What has also been gaining steam on Twitter is linguist Gretchen McCulloch's rendition of Parton's hit song "Jolene," which she changed to center on the coronavirus vaccine, instead of a person imploring another woman not to steal her lover.

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