Dolly Parton reveals she has been helping fund COVID-19 vaccine

music news 18/11/2020

The one and only Dolly Parton has revealed that she has been using her savings to help fund the Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

The country superstar has donated US$1 million (NZ$1.45 million) to the university medical centre that developed it and is super excited to hear the promising news of the vaccine.

Dolly announced in April that she would be giving funds to the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre to help finance its research efforts. 

"My longtime friend Dr Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure," she wote on Instagram at the time. 

"I am making a donation of US$1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations. Keep the faith."

This week, it was announced that preliminary trials of Moderna's vaccine for coronavirus had an efficacy rate of 94.5 percent. The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund is listed as one of the sponsors in Moderna's first report in the New England Journal of Medicine.