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Dolly Parton's Vanderbilt donation supported Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

Dolly Parton's Vanderbilt donation supported Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine”

"So I was just thrilled to see this news that she had contributed to COVID vaccine research - I thought that was fantastic", he said.

While many celebrities have used their talents to help raise funds, doing at-home concerts and socially-distanced performances, Dolly has truly put her money where her mouth is.

The medical and science community should be singing "Hello Dolly" to Dolly Parton.

So, there you have it folks, Dolly Parton helped cure coronavirus.

The New England Journal of Medicine's recent story about the Moderna vaccine's efficacy through trials and clinical research lists The Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund as a chief supporter.

One Twitter user replaced the words "vaccine" with the chorus of one of Parton's hit song, "Jolene". The connection came through a doctor named Dr. Naji Abumrad, who works at the Vanderbilt University Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation in Nashville.

He told the BBC: "Her gift provided support for a pilot convalescent plasma study that one of our researchers was able to successfully complete".

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A week after one of its tests in Brazil was stopped amid a safety scare, Chinese biotech Sinovac has published data showing its experimental COVID-19 vaccine can quickly boost an immune response.

"Two of these antibodies are now being tested by a global pharmaceutical firm".

The musician donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in honour of her friend, Vanderbilt professor of surgery Dr Naji Abumrad, back in April, less than a month after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. "Keep the faith, Dolly".

Dolly also spoke about her gift on NBC's Today Show, saying: "What better time right now, we need this".

Covas said 10,000 volunteers have already received about 19,000 shots of the two-dose vaccine, and another 2,000 people have still to be included in the trials, conducted at 16 centers linked to Brazilian universities.

The data also shows, of the cases of severe COVID-19 in the trial, of which there were 11, only happened in those with the dummy treatment.

While the early to mid-stage trials were not created to assess the efficacy of the vaccine, known as CoronaVac, researchers said it could provide sufficient protection, based on their experience with other vaccines and data from pre-clinical studies with macaques.

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