Dolly Parton beside the façade of Moderna's laboratories

Country music legend, Dolly Parton, helped fund Moderna’s research for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Recent reports about the biotech company’s trials show Moderna’s vaccine has a nearly 95% efficacy. 

Moreover, according to reports, Moderna shared that they could probably produce around 1 billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.

The 74-year-old singer has two new projects coming up this holiday season. 

One is a Netflix musical, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square,” and a new holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.” 

Recently, she also shared in an interview that she’s hopeful that next year would be a better year than 2020. 

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$1 Million For Research

In April, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s COVID-19 research. 

According to Parton’s post at that time, she is friends with Dr. Naji Abumrad, who has been involved in Vanderbilt’s research for many years. 

Parton and Dr. Abumrad became friends in 2014 after the doctor treated Parton due to an accident, per the Guardian.

In her post, Parton shared, her doctor friend informed her they were “making some exciting advancements” on their COVID-19 research. 

Parton also encouraged other people who can to donate to the cause. 

Her financial assistance to the research, along with other funders, supported the development of Moderna’s vaccine. 

Moreover, Parton’s $1 million support to Vanderbilt also supported a lot of studies related to the virus.

For example, its research about convalescent plasma.

A Helper Through and Through

It is not the first time the singer did something good for humanity.

In fact, according to the Look to the Stars, an online source for celebrity charity information, Parton supports 9 charities. 

Some of the charities she supports are the Imagination Library, the Dollywood Foundation, and Save the Music Foundation. 

Launched in 1988, the Dollywood Foundation started by offering scholarships to local high school students. 

The foundation, later on, branched out into the Imagination Library, which gives free books to children monthly until they’re five-year-old. 

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