Dolly Parton is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of our age, but she is as well known for her philanthropy as for her creativity.


The claim: Dolly Parton was a major financier of Moderna̵
7;s COVID-19 vaccine

Shortly after Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective against the virus, Internet users took to social media to thank an unexpected benefactor.

Facebook and Twitter users flooded the platforms with posts joking that “Jolene” in singer-songwriter Dolly Parton’s hit single should be replaced with the word “vaccine” because she was a major financier of the promising vaccine.

“Dolly Parton was one of the largest funders of Modern’s coronavirus vaccine, which has been shown to be almost 95% effective in early data,” reads an Instagram post from Occupy Democrats.

“Why do we not discuss the fact that the good news vaccine this morning was partly funded by Dolly Parton?” wrote another user.

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Parton credited for donation

A preliminary report from The New England Journal of Medicine on the Moderna vaccine credits Parton and others for a donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Parton announced earlier this year that she would donate $ 1 million to the center to help fund COVID-19 research efforts.

“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who has been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advances toward coronavirus research to get a cure,” Parton tweeted in April, encouraging his fans to also make a donation.

Abumrad, a doctor and surgery professor, treated Parton after her car accident in October 2013, and the two built a friendship where they talked about current events and science, according to the Washington Post.

“Without a doubt in my mind, her funding made the research against the vaccine go ten times faster than it would be without it,” Abumrad told the Washington Post.

The Vanderbilt Vaccine Center is researching synthetic antibodies that can potentially treat and prevent the virus, and the Moderna vaccine was made possible by researchers at Vanderbilt, Emory University and others, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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A long history of philanthropy

This is hardly Parton’s first bet to give.

In 1995, Parton launched and founded the Imagination Library to increase children’s reading skills. The initiative has sent more than 133 million free books to children, the United States reported today.

Her My People Fund gave $ 9 million to people who lost their homes in fires that took place in 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

On BBC’s “The One Show”, Parton said she was “so excited” to hear the news of the Moderna vaccine and “felt so proud to have been a part of the little seed money that will hopefully grow into something good and help heal this world. “

On Tuesday, Parton tweeted about her donation, saying that when she donated the money, she “just wants it to do good” and hopes “we can find a cure really soon.”

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Our rating: True

The allegation that Dolly Parton helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is TRUE. Parton announced her $ 1 million donation back in April because of her friendship with a doctor. A report from The New England Journal of Medicine recognizes Parton as a supporter of footnote research, and she has a long history of philanthropy.

Our sources for fact checking:

  • The New England Journal of Medicine, November 12, An mRNA Vaccine Against SARS-CoV-2 – Preliminary Report
  • Dolly Parton, April 1, Tweet
  • The Washington Post, Nov. 18, helped Dolly Parton fund Moderna’s vaccine. It started with a car accident and an unlikely friendship.
  • Knoxville News, November 17, Dolly Parton helped fund 95% effective Modern COVID-19 vaccine that could end pandemic
  • USA TODAY, August 27, Country music legend Dolly Parton among inspiring women of the century on the Tennessee list
  • BBC, November 18, Dolly Parton ‘honored and proud’ to help Covid-19 fight
  • Dolly Parton, November 17, Tweet

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