We all know Dolly Parton is a national treasure. She is a symbol of love so radiant, some suggest she should replace symbols of hate. She’s used her platform and privilege to speak out for Black Lives Matter. She’s a singer so powerful she can move a funnyman to tears. She’s spent 2020 crafting music, movies, and TV that brings heartache, hope, and humor. Now, she’s helping battle the coronavirus in a major way.
While some idiotic bands have contributed to the spread through concerts, Parton donated one million dollars to coronavirus vaccine research. Specifically, The Guardian notes that she kicked funds to Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. This institute developed the Moderna vaccine, which is currently proving 95% effective.
Between the great news of a promising vaccine and the fact that people rightly love Dolly Parton, there’s been much rejoicing on Twitter. Here’s a sampling:
Dolly Parton contributed $1m to the development of the Moderna vaccine - just in case we didn’t all acknowledge how amazing she is already. pic.twitter.com/gULagux3ID— Cllr. Séamas de Faoite (@SeamasBelfast) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton has been the one constant this year and forever actually pic.twitter.com/Eyx1qGkYl0— shane reaction ☘️ (@shane_reaction_) November 17, 2020
God Bless Dolly Parton leading the fight against Corona ! pic.twitter.com/HCdGTjBd5N— Glen Scott (@glenrules) November 17, 2020
Apparently, Dolly Parton donated $1 million dollars to scientists for a COVID vaccine — which means she did more end the pandemic than Donald Trump. https://t.co/Jn2rbc8gAN— Trish Zornio (@trish_zornio) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton part funded COVID vaccine & her library donated 130 million books to children— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) November 17, 2020
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?
Have to tweet this because Dolly Parton is trending. And because she’s awesome. pic.twitter.com/dW2lJwkSCq— Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) November 17, 2020
Everything is terrible but at least we're alive at the same time as Dolly Parton https://t.co/mLEXK0eu8w— Sarah Dollard (@snazdoll) November 17, 2020
I want everyone to know that Dolly Parton gave us Buffy the tv series, the song 9 to 5, Dollywood, and of course the Covid vaccine. https://t.co/mCPB3QlCpZ— Kevidently (@Kevidently) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton just casually saving the world from covid by funding the new vaccine with 95% success rate pic.twitter.com/puxEEZLmHL— Ben Wilson (@benljwilson1996) November 17, 2020
BREAKING: Dolly Parton Loves You. pic.twitter.com/tRRT7VhowC— The Disassociated Press (@DPAtlantic) November 17, 2020
Honestly, King Lear is fine, but give me a Dolly Christmas special any day. Also, a vaccine.— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) November 17, 2020
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square hits Netflix next week!
Update: Dolly spoke about her contribution this morning.
When I donated the money to the Covid fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon. pic.twitter.com/dQgDWexO0C— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) November 17, 2020
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