A $1 million donation from Dolly Parton helped Moderna develop the COVID-19 vaccine.
In April, American singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton announced a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University for Coronavirus research. More than seven months later, it turned out that a donation from the legendary country star helped to create a vaccine for Moderna, which had recently shown more than 90% effectiveness in a third series of clinical trials.
The singer also encouraged everyone who can afford it to make a donation. Dr. Stephen Hoge, president of Moderna, welcomed “a really important milestone,” but said that the most encouraging is the presence of similar results with Pfizer.
Parton’s name appears in the preliminary report on the vaccine among sponsors, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.