Dolly Parton fans credit icon with ‘curing Covid’ after donating $1million to coronavirus vaccine

Vanderbilt Vaccine Center was involved in the

Just another day for Dolly, we say.

Interim data from the US firm Moderna released earlier this week suggested its vaccine candidate is highly effective in stopping people getting ill and works across all age groups.

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It’s said to work in a similar way to the Pfizer and BioNTech candidate that researchers last week declared 90% effective after a separate preliminary trial.

Fans lost it this week when the funding and disclosures associated with the vaccine were published, with the Jolene singer listed under the Dolly Parton Covid-19 Research Fund.

In April Dolly announced she was making the massive contribution, writing 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.’

While Dolly has yet to acknowledge her involvement since the new report on the Moderna vaccine came out, her fans have cheered the apparent impact of her donation.

One excited punter wrote: ‘I want everyone to know that Dolly Parton gave us Buffy the tv series, the song 9 to 5, Dollywood, and of course the Covid vaccine.’

The news even prompted one Twitter user, Ryan Cordell, to record a cover of Parton’s hit single Jolene, replacing the famous lyric with the words ‘vaccine, vaccine, vacci-ine’.

Already a summer banger.

Music critic Simon Price, tweeted: ‘In 2020, Dolly Parton’s stood up for Black Lives Matter and put $1 million towards a Covid vaccine, and the year’s not over yet.

‘There’s a strong argument that America should give up the whole ‘democracy’ thing as a bad idea now, and just make Dolly Parton queen of everything.’

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