"I just found out today actually that it was for real, and that it was part of the programme we helped start".
The COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, and in good time it will be ours.
VUMC used Parton's donation for clinical trials to reduce life-threatening Covid-19 symptoms, to find new therapies to treat and prevent the infection, and ultimately, to create an effective vaccine.
"I didn't want to say anything, but I thought, 'I need to check that out, and if that's so, I'm a very proud girl today, to know that I had anything at all to do with something that's going to help us through this insane pandemic'".
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"I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand, and try to help".
In April, the 9 to 5 songwriter and country music legend posted on Instagram that she donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University's Medical Center in honour of her friend, Dr Najj Abumrad, a professor of surgery whom she befriended many years ago after seeking treatment for injuries sustained during a vehicle accident. Which is exactly what they've done with their partner, biotechnology firm Moderna.
The Parton-backed vaccine from Moderna claims a 94.5 per cent effectiveness, surpassing that of Pfizer's 90 per cent.
No "significant safety concerns" were found in a review of the vaccine trial, Moderna said, though side effects of fatigue and pain or redness near the injection site were seen in less than 10% of study participants. It turns out that funding went toward drugmaker Moderna's vaccine. The 74-year-old reportedly gifted the money in honour of her longtime friend, Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville. In addition to being a legendary musician and composer, she's a noted philanthropist who has given millions of dollars of her fortune away to promote literacy, music education, animal rights and more.