Dolly Parton Helped Fund Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine, and Her Humble Reaction Is Peak Dolly

Dolly Parton would have something to do with advancements being made toward a viable coronavirus vaccine. Following the news that Pfizer had developed a promising COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna announced it too had developed a vaccine with a slightly higher effectiveness rate of 94.5 percent. As it turns out, that Moderna vaccine got some significant financial help from the beloved country icon.

In April, Dolly announced she would be donating $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to help fund 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. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations,” Dolly wrote on Instagram at the time. “Keep the faith.”

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