Dolly Parton has already received the first dose of her own medicine. The 75-year-old American country singer was vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday with the drug from Moderna , a laboratory to which the artist donated a million dollars last year for research and development of the vaccine. Despite being one of the first to help with her own money to research the covid-19 vaccine, the star has waited her turn to receive it. The artist turned the moment of her vaccination into an event on social networks after posting a video on her Twitter while receiving the medication live. “I am so excited, I have waited a long time. So I am very happy to get my dose of Moderna today and I want to tell everyone that they should too. I have changed one of my songs on the occasion, "says Parton from the Nashville medical center before beginning to sing a new version of his famous song Jolene .
" Get vaccinated, I beg you, do not hesitate. Get vaccinated, because once you're dead it's a bit late, "the interpreter from Tennessee sings as she explains to her followers the need for everyone to get vaccinated to return to normalcy as soon as possible. “I may sound funny, but I am very serious about the vaccine. We all want to get back to normal, wherever it has gone. " “I want to encourage everyone that the sooner we feel better, the faster we can get back to normal. So I want to say to all the cowards out there: Don't be chickens! Come out and get your dose ”, insists the artist.
It was last November when it became known that the American singer appeared in the preliminary report of Moderna's vaccine as one of the main investors in scientific research, together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Emory University. He made a donation of one million dollars that was made through Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, under the name “Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund”, which ultimately went to the development of the new vaccine.
So The money broke out in Moderna's labs in April, after her friend Naji Abumrad, a physician at the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told her they were making "some exciting advances." in search of a cure for the virus. Abumrad and Parton became friends in 2014 after the singer was involved in a car accident and was treated at Vanderbilt. “I'm sure many, many millions of dollars from many people went into that [the research fund], but I was very proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully turn into something great and will help heal this world. God knows we need it! ”Parton said a few months ago on BBC.
's The One Show.The country music icon's donation also supported Vanderbilt's convalescent plasma study, treating infected people with plasma from other carriers of antibodies against the virus, as well as the development of several research articles related to the virus.