Earlier this week, the internet was astounded to learn that Dolly Parton partially funded the development of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. Dolly Parton was also astounded to learn this.
In several media appearances Tuesday, Parton exclaimed her pride and surprise at her involvement in Moderna creating a vaccine that the company reports is 94.5% effective against COVID-19.
“I’m just very grateful that this is happening, and if I had anything to do with it, that’s great,” she told TODAY.
In April, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Covid-19 research efforts. Evidently, that money made its way to Moderna’s creation of its vaccine, something Parton herself didn’t know until her name appeared in a list of sponsors of the preliminary results of the vaccine.
While Parton was surprised and “thrilled” to be a part of funding the promising vaccine, her joy was shared with Twitter users who united to say Dolly Parton rules.
Covid 19 Jolene
Not taking Dolly Parton’s man
— Mat (@matchu_chutrain) November 19, 2020
One thing I think we can all agree on is Dolly Parton is a national treasure.
— GenXDad4Kamala (@LaLiberalVetera) November 19, 2020
Dolly Parton studying vaccines so she can save us all pic.twitter.com/XpsWIFRmOV
— Justin Randall (@imjustinrandall) November 18, 2020
I honestly never thought Dolly Parton would have to rescue America from a President.
— ken olin (@kenolin1) November 19, 2020
— Detective Pikajew, Esq. (@clapifyoulikeme) November 18, 2020
Some even felt that Parton would be a perfect political candidate, perhaps illustrating how broken Americans have been by the endless 2020 Election.
dolly parton is maybe the only thing in the world we have bipartisan consensus on, and i truly believe if she ran for president in 2024 she would win every electoral vote and usher in a new era of peace & prosperity
— amy brown (@arb) November 17,…
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