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Tom Hanks Shares Pictures Of Donated Plasma To Help Fight Coronavirus

Tom Hanks Shares Pictures Of Donated Plasma To Help Fight Coronavirus

The 63-year-old actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive for the disease when they were in Australia

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Tom Hanks has shared pictures of his donations of plasma, as he continues to offer his assistance in finding a coronavirus vaccine.

The 63-year-old actor posted the picture to his 16.7 million followers after promising to donate his blood alongside his wife, Rita Wilson.

According to MailOnline, the couple's blood will be used by medical researchers who are attempting to develop a vaccine after the pair both tested positive for, and recovered from, Covid-19.

Earlier this month, Hanks appeared on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! were he revealed that he and Rita have both taken antibody tests, which confirmed they have had the virus, and do in fact have antibodies in their blood - antibodies, of course, are very valuable in the race to find a vaccine.

He explained: "We have not only been approached; we have said, 'Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?' And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine." What a LAD.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

NPR host Peter Sagal responded: "There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks."

Hanks joked: "I'm not trying to hog it with a copyright or - you know, I'm not going to the patent office."

Tom and Rita were among the first celebrities to test positive for the disease. Hanks had been filming Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming biopic about Elvis Presley when the pair started to experience symptoms of the virus.

After self isolating, they were treated in hospital and made a full recovering in Australia before returning to LA.

It seems they are now putting their new health and energy to incredible use by continuing to fight against the global pandemic. Hats off to them both.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Coronavirus, Tom Hanks