Country Music Legend Dolly Parton Funded COVID-19 Research

Much has been in the news recently about COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.

Two vaccines have received emergency use approval and are now being rolled out. They are produced by Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna.

Their development used the same technology and approach. And showed effective rates of 94 to 95 percent in clinical trials.

More on these two vaccines in a moment. But first, I’d like to tell you about the contribution a celebrity here in Nashville made to one of these vaccines.

Donation Aids Moderna Vaccine Development

Country music legend Dolly Parton donated $1 million to coronavirus research. It went to Nashville-based Vanderbilt University back in April.

Recently it was revealed that her donation helped fund Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine research.

Early on, her donation was used toward research on interim coronavirus treatments. While simultaneously the vaccine was being developed.

At the time, Parton appeared on NBC’s Today show. She said, “I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand and try to help.”

Doctor-Patient Connection

Parton’s connection with Vanderbilt University goes back seven years. She sought advice from the university’s Medical Center after a traffic accident.

There she met Dr. Naji Abumrad, a physician and surgery professor who was born in Lebanon. They struck up a friendship after discovering both grew up as poor, mountain kids – 6,000 miles apart. Her donation was made in his honor.

Here’s what Abumrad said. “Without a doubt in my mind, her funding made the research toward the vaccine go 10 times faster than it would be without it.” 

In the past, Parton has donated funds to help families in Tennessee who were victims of wildfires. As well as to a literacy program that donates books to children.

Some Will, Some Won’t

As we’ve mentioned numerous times, whether or not to receive a vaccination can be controversial.

Many people are opposed to all of them. Others get whichever vaccinations are recommended by their doctor. Some take a wait-and-see approach.

A recent Gallup survey found this. Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they won’t get a vaccine at the present time. Sixty-three percent said they will get it when it’s available to them.

We don’t recommend getting or refusing a vaccination. That’s an individual decision. But we do want to keep you informed about the vaccines in the news.

Pfizer/BioNtech Vaccine

The Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine has shown an effective rate of 95 percent in clinical trials. About 43,000 people were given the vaccine, with no safety concerns reported. Forty-five percent of U.S. participants were ages 56-85.

It is given in two doses, three weeks apart. Protection is achieved 28 days after the first shot. The biggest drawback with this vaccine is that it needs to be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit.

The deep-freeze delivery chain involves a special box. It’s packed in dry ice and installed with GPS trackers. It can be stored for up to six months.

Once delivered, the vaccine can be stored for up to five days at about 35 to 46 degrees before being administered. This vaccine uses a tiny fragment of the virus’ genetic code. It starts making part of the virus in the body before the immune system attacks it.

Moderna Vaccine

Using the same technology as Pfizer, the Moderna vaccine protects 94.5 percent of people it’s been tested on. Two doses are required, four weeks apart.

About 30,000 people were involved in this trial. One-half were given the vaccine and the other half a placebo.

One advantage with this vaccine is it remains stable at minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Moderna vaccine also received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency usage.

Operation Warp Speed

Normally the process to create an effective vaccine takes years. First, vaccines are tested on animals to see if they work and what the side effects are. This usually involves three to six months.

Next, Phase 1 clinical trials are conducted with a small number of humans. Phase 2 involves establishing the formulation and doses of the vaccine. That’s to determine its effectiveness. In Phase 3, the effectiveness needs to be proven in a larger group.

In a case where a pandemic is raging out of control, the FDA can give emergency authorization for a vaccine’s use.

President Donald Trump called the current approach Operation Warp Speed. Less than a year after the disease reached America, two vaccines were approved for emergency usage.

Who Gets It First?

The U.S. government finalized deals to secure 100 million doses of both the Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna vaccines. With options to acquire hundreds of millions more.

Groups to receive the vaccine first include older Americans in long-term care facilities. Such as nursing homes and retirement villages. As well as healthcare workers.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he is pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness manufacturers claim. He had said he would be satisfied if the effective rate were in the 70 to 75 percent range.

Others are more skeptical. They’re concerned about how quickly these vaccines were produced and tested. They believe not enough test subjects have been used. They feel manufacturers have not provided enough details about side effects.

Only time will tell if the vaccines prove effective and safe. In the meantime, the battle against the pandemic goes on.

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Sharlene Hudson - January 5, 2021

Absolutely NOT….. I do not get flu shot either. I do not trust the long term effects. In my opinion we have a lot of unhealthy people because of all the pharmaceuticals they are pumping into people!!

CHarles hOllingsworth - January 5, 2021

You failed to tell the people that there is a nano chip in the vaccine.
Doesn’t matter what it’s made from the govt. will track you and your banking if you don’t do what you are told.
All the worlds governments are in on it.
If it’s so deadly where’s all the bodies I have not seen any abnormal amount of funerals this is a fear tactic so everyone will be vaccinated

Kathie Attaway - January 5, 2021

You bet I took the vaccine. If I can help eradicate this virus, I’ll roll up both sleeves! Almost lost a couple of dear family to it, and have seen others lost (I am a nurse, and have worked COVID units). The virus is VERY survivable – for most. But when one of the few who passes is YOUR spouse or parent or sibling or child… then even one is tragic.
For the record: I FULLY support the RIGHT of every American to choose for themselves. That’s what makes us Americans, and especially Patriots. If you want it, glad Ms Parton and others helped us get it toot-sweet. You don’t? That’s cool. Hopefully there’s enough of us getting it to rid the virus of hosts so it just fades into history.

Ron Ballard - January 5, 2021

It is my opinion that the current White House administration has sent out so many contradictions and misleading information that has been repeatedly exposed in videotapes, recorded evidence, and etc., that an atmosphere of mistrust has been generated to the point it has become crippling to this nation and its people! Under the control of the wealthiest Americans, our government has become corrupted and rarely operates for the good of the vast majority as opposed to the financial interests of those in control of this nation whether they are Democrats or Republicans this has resulted in a mistrust of our government for several decades. This same mistrust is now being transferred to the vaccines that were rushed into production for numerous reasons two of which were economical and financial in nature. The American public has been left holding the bag too many times by the relationship our government has with corporate America for the public to trust either of them! The “People” have been constantly put in situations where they have to pick between the lesser of two evils that will not hurt them as bad whenever the government or corporate America are involved. No matter the choice made, it’s the “People” in the end who foot the cost one way or another!

Another - January 5, 2021

My family works in the Biotech field. Coronaviruses have been here a long time – but not this new one or this virulent. Because of this, scientists have been working on a general “Coronovirus” vaccine for over 20 years. The scientists were able to produce the current vaccine built on the research done before. That gives me confidence they got it right.

Gail Reynolds - January 5, 2021

I plan not to take the new vaccine, but only because I had a HUGE reaction to the last flu vaccine I had. It put me in the ER for several hours, and that doctor said Never Again. Sounds like a good reason to me but otherwise Yes I would take it.

Gertrud Farnum - January 5, 2021

Will NOT take this vaccine just to be told in 10 years from now they gave us some terminal illness and with no way to sue big Pharma.

Melissa Richardson - January 5, 2021

This article does not include the current CDC information of the initial vaccines. You can get non partisan and non paid for information at Personally, if I have to be “labeled” I guess you would label me as an ex vaxxer. This is because I have been vaccinated – I received measles vaccine as a child and almost died from it. I later found out I did not even have immunity from it. In later years I was sick and flu shots were recommended and I got even more sick after getting them. I have been following this topic and I personally would not get this vaccine. The initial trials are based on 2 months of post injection. Everything I have read is that they are not sure how long it will even last and that you still have to wear a mask because you may still be contagious?? Please read the CDC findings on their website. There have been reported by the CDC 5000 (2.3%) out of the original vaccines for COVID significant health reactions which means that they were not able to function in a normal way fir at least one day. This is the more severe reactions. I am boosting my immune system instead. And I also feel strongly that if people want to take this vaccine that is their choice. If people do not want to take it that is their choice as well. We need to maintain our freedom and our own individual discretion. Blessings everyone.

Mark Klocek - January 5, 2021

I am NOT recommending the vaccines against the Wuhan virus. 1. It was given to 1200 south west indians, 25 died from it. 2. There has not been a phase 3 verification testing done as of yet.
I don’t need a test to tell me I’m healthy.

Pat Hurd - January 5, 2021

No questions, just a comment, the vaccines are not safe, it takes 10 years to develop a safe and effective vaccine. These vaccines contain aborted fetus tissue. The DNA then chnges the person’s DNA. Too many serious side effects happening, including deaths. I will not take the vaccine. We are being lied to by the WHO and Fauchi, and so many others. This is part of Bill Gates plan to decrease the population! He contributed millions of dollars to the Wohan lab to develop the Corona virus and it was let loose deliberately. We are in not only a political battle but also a Spiritual battle. God help us.

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