Dolly Parton Helped Fund Covid Moderna Vaccine
Dolly Parton has proved once again that she is truly a legend after it turns out that her donation went towards the development of the Moderna vaccine.
Back in April, Dolly donated $1m (£800k) to research after one of her friends who was working towards the cure said they had made progress.
Moderna shows almost 95 percent protection from the virus and it was Dr Naji Abumrad, who Dolly knew when he treated her after she was involved in a car accident in 2014, that alerted her to it.
Dr Abumrad works for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, which has also been studying antibody plasma in patients who have had the virus.
By the end of 2021, Moderna has said that it could produce 1bn doses of the vaccine.
Dolly is well-known for her philanthropy and has used her wealth and fame for good, by helping those less fortunate in a multitude of ways.
Her Dollywood Foundation has raised millions upon millions for charity, and her Dolly Parton Imagination Library has seen kids the world over given free books - including, this week, schoolchildren in Co. Cork.
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3,000 kids will get access to the books via the Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme, which has partnered with Dolly's charity as of this week. Families in the Cork area can register now and give their kids the chance to receive an age-appropriate book a month from the age of 0 to 5.
And she's definitely no shrinking violet. Back in February, the country singer revealed that she still has hopes to be cover girl for Playboy by the time she reaches her 75th birthday.
Speaking to 60 Minutes, the singer said it's still her ambition to appear on the magazine's cover - if they'll let her.
She said: "I don't plan to retire. I just turned 74 and I plan to be on the cover of Playboy Magazine again. See I did Playboy Magazine years ago and I thought it'd be such a hoot if they'll go for it - I don't know if they will - if I could be on the cover again when I'm 75."
Dolly first took to the cover back in 1978, with the strapline: "O-o-o-e-e-e! A hit interview with country queen Dolly Parton."
At the time the then 32-year-old was the first country singer to pose for the lifestyle mag, though she laid down some strict rules - and was clear that there was no chance of any nudity.
Who knows whether that will still stand this time round though.
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