We always knew that Dolly Parton could save the world, but now she's proven her worth as humankind's saviour. Well, kinda.
As you may have heard, news broke yesterday that American biotech company Moderna have been developing a vaccine for Covid-19 that reportedly has a success rate of 94.5% in preventing the virus.
Now, it turns out that the country legend is at least partly responsible for the company success, in a roundabout kind of way.
As someone on Twitter pointed out, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University's vaccine research program. Researchers from the university were involved in Moderna's trials, and so Dolly Parton is at least partly responsible for their success.
Her involvement was confirmed by the New England Journal of Medicine and needless to say, social media is having a field day.
Good on ya, Dolly.
Why are we not discussing the fact that the vaccine with the good news this morning was partly funded by Dolly Parton?
Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vacciiiiiiiiiiiiiine
— Jonathan P. Katz (@JonathanPKatz) November 16, 2020
— Dr. Meade Krosby (@MeadeKrosby) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton part funded COVID vaccine & her library donated 130 million books to children
Marcus Rashford fought to feed millions of poor children & has set up a free book club
Once again, people who grew up in deprivation do the most for others
What have Bezos, Musk etc done?
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) November 17, 2020
In 2020, Dolly Parton's stood up for Black Lives Matter and put $1 million towards a Covid vaccine, and the year's not over yet.
There's a strong argument that America should give up the whole 'democracy' thing as a bad idea now, and just make Dolly Parton queen of everything.
— Simon Price (@simon_price01) November 17, 2020
...And so it came to pass that Dolly Parton funded a vaccine to save all the children from 2020. Ahmen.
— Sophie Cairns (@Sophie_Cairns) November 17, 2020
This morning, when I woke up and saw #DollyParton trending, I thought oh no another bad thing has happened in 2020.
I'm relieved it is about the positive contribution she has made and is making. pic.twitter.com/IVUBC1robQ
— Jess Plant (@IAmJessPlant) November 17, 2020
Is there anything Dolly Parton can't do? https://t.co/HZ6x5FTpGU
— Margaret is afraid of living in the Sudetenland (@Bistmath) November 17, 2020