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A report in the New England Journal of Medicine on the Moderna coronavirus vaccine has an eye-catching name in its paragraph of supporters: the Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund.
Yes, that’s legendary country singer Dolly Parton — and the name may not come as a surprise for those who are familiar with Parton’s philanthropy and continual, quiet investments in changing the world around her.
Back in April, Parton announced that she would be donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research, after hearing promising things from Vanderbilt professor of surgery Dr. Naji Abumrad. As Insider’s Shira Feder reported, Parton and Abumrad first became friends in 2014, when Abumrad treated her following a minor car accident.
In an Instagram post, she wrote about her donation, and encouraged “people that can afford it to make donations.”
On Monday, Moderna reported that its vaccine was 94.5% effective at preventing COVID-19, per a preliminary analysis. Its CEO said every American could have access to a vaccine by June.
Parton has been a philanthropist for years
In 1995, Parton founded the Imagination Library in her home of Tennessee. The program gives free books to children up through the age of 5 years old. …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy