Dolly Parton’s $1M Donation Helps Fund COVID-19 Vaccine

Dolly Parton’s $1M Donation Helps Fund COVID-19 Vaccine

After announcing in April a $1 million donation towards coronavirus research, Dolly Parton’s name has been shared in helping fund the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by biotechnology company Moderna.

Parton, shown as part of the “Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund” in the New England Journal of Medicine’s article about the vaccine, said on the Today show Tuesday morning she hoped her donation would help “do good.”

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good,” she told the anchors. “Evidently, it is. Let’s just hope we find a cure real soon.”

Moderna announced their vaccine was 94.5 percent effective in protecting against COVID-19 in early test results. Ninety-five individuals of 30,000 developed the novel coronavirus with symptoms, with 90 receiving a placebo and five the company’s vaccine, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Parton has donated to multiple causes over time, previous donating $1,000 monthly to families impacted by wildfires in Tennessee. Her Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has donated over 100 million children’s books to communities worldwide.