Dolly Parton has a role in recent COVID-19 vaccine and fans are praising her on Twitter. Let’s get the situation explained and consider some of the reactions.

Helping combat COVID-19 is just another 9 to 5 for this iconic singer-songwriter…

This year has been like no other and we have all done our very best to try and help suppress the virus and keep safe.

Social distancing guidelines have been adhered to, masks have been worn and more time than perhaps ever in our lifetimes has been spent indoors. Going out for meals has turned into dinner over Zoom for the most part, with Netflix and chill substituting a weekend night out; it’s all been rather surreal.

Needless to say, we’ve all heard our family and friends at some point say something along these lines: “I can’t wait for that vaccine”.

Well, it recently got a little more surreal for those on Twitter seeing Dolly Parton trending in relation to it.

So, how is the 74-year-old ‘Jolene’ musician involved?

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Dolly Parton vaccine role explained

In April 2020, The Guardian reported that Dolly Parton donated $1 million (£800,000) to aid research into a coronavirus vaccine

The source includes that she addressed the decision on Instagram:

“My longtime friend Dr Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards that research of the coronavirus for a cure. I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

Naji works at the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and has been friends with Dolly since treating her in 2014.

Clash Music highlights that US company Moderna have since created a vaccine and their research model was based on that of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which Dolly donated to.

A New England Journal of Medicine article about the vaccine [see below tweet] includes Dolly in the funding and disclosures acknowledgements, referencing the “Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund”.

Fans react to the COVID-19 news on Twitter

Of course, fans of the singer have wasted no time in flocking to Twitter and highlighting Dolly’s role in the vaccine’s development.

Check out a selection of tweets:

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

News of Dolly Parton’s involvement in the development of the vaccine stems from recent updates from Moderna.

The BBC notes that the vaccine they have created is almost 95% effective in protecting from COVID-19.

This information was derived from early data and follows similar findings from that of Pfizer, who also made headlines recently with their vaccine.

As for the Moderna data, the BBC adds that it was achieved through a trial involving 30,000 people in the US. Half were given two doses of the vaccine, four weeks apart, while the rest had dummy injections. The findings were based on the first 95 people to develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Only five of the cases were in people who received the vaccine, whereas 90 were in those who received the dummy treatment.

Moderna says that the vaccine is protecting 94.5% of people and Tal Zaks – chief medical officer at Moderna – has said: “The overall effectiveness has been remarkable… it’s a great day.”

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