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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Comments

Teresa Brown - January 5, 2021

In answer to your question about whether I would take the vaccine, my answer is a huge NO! I have no intention of leaving this world any time soon and in my opinion, and I know many more others are with me on this one, this vaccine has proven to be deadly to those who have taken it! They either got very sick or died after their vaccination. You must ask yourself, Why would they make you sign a non liability document before they inject you with this toxic virus concoction? I know I do not want them putting this covid virus in my body, and all the other toxic ingredients when I can take vitamin C, D3, zinc and many other things to strengthen my immune system! I have 0 trust in pharmaceuticals! Honestly, this vaccine is a huge money scheme for them and I and many others want no part of it! Our mission is to do ALL WE CAN to make this world a better place where people can finally feel safe. I realize you likely will not post this and that is okay. I just wanted to share my opinion. Be Safe and PLEASE do all the research so you can make a healthy choice for you and all of your loved ones! Fight fir Truth and Peace for ourselves and our Planet
We will win this war on our health and safety with kindness and love. Sending Much Love and Light to the world
The Truth Shall Set Us Free. How many times does the bible say that! We are in those times now my dear friends. Allow yourselves to let go of all the fear and Shine Your Light Bright as Bright can Be and make all the darkness and shadows disappear. Love each other, Love our Planet. We All need to come together and HEAL bringing All Our Love and Compassion with us. Laugh, Be Happy and Love Deeply my darlings❤️🙏🤗

Pat Whitaker - January 5, 2021

Taking the vacent is a personal choice far America People but GOD BLESS
4 PATRIOTS far the courage to post E Mails that had different options from other people.
That is what FREEDOM AMD FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ALL ABOUT.

Clifford Johnson - January 5, 2021

Carol Henderson I do not even know how to reply to you. I know that people that are allergic to eggs may have a reaction to the flu vaccine. Let me state, that in the flu vaccine THERE ARE NO LIVE VIRUSES as many people believe. Personally , I have taken the regular flu vaccine for many decades and I have ALWAYS paid extra for the “extra strength” flu vaccine. I have NEVER heard or read about anything like you posted.

Sue - January 5, 2021

Re: vaccines
I am not taking it. As a retired nurse, my concern is that it is rNA being injected into your body.
It may work on the virus but what is it going to do as time goes on. Is it going to enhance autoimmune diseases that a person has.
Is it going to cause a healthy person to develop diseases?
There has never been a vaccine like this one given to humans.
Vaccines are used for bacteria not viruses. Being viruses mutate or change over time
Basically I’m worried about the future.

Clifford Johnson - January 4, 2021

How many potentaily catastrophic diseases were arrested by vaccines?Back There was the polio vaccine IN THE 1950’S. Polio was completely eradicated before the “non-vaxxers” came along and got it started back up again. I always took the extra strength flu shot even when I had to pay extra for it. I have had no issue with any vaccine that I have ever taken and I have taken everything suggested to me. Back in the day vaccines were required to enroll in school. Either you took them and provided proof you took them or you would not be enrolled in school.

Carol Henderson - January 4, 2021

I’m 73 and never had s flu shot. There is no way that I would take this vaccine made with aborted baby fetus injected into my body.
May God Wills be done.
I’m sure you won’t post my comment, but I’ve told you.

Ricki - January 4, 2021

With a 99+- % survival rate, taking a vaccine that had not been tested long term, I will take my chances. Doctors who do not take insurance and are having excellent results with Ivermectin and the HCL with antibiotics, are the unspoken “experts” on the ground. To quote Fauci who was in Wuhan with Obama does not lend credibility, especially since he is invested in one of the vaccines. Doctors on the ground are treating this flu with good results. Hospitals are being paid to “find” positives in Corona testing. If funding for positive results stopped, this would be “flu”! Tests are calibrated too high 40 when it should be at level 20 for the Corona virus only. Not taking this vaccine. Love Dolly and her heart, but boots on the ground says no. Get a pneumonia shot. It will serve you well.

Lisa CHRISTOPHER - January 4, 2021

No Thank You…. On the vaccines. I don’t do Flu Shots either…. I’m 61 years old and was raised knowing, eating a little dirt as a kid doesn’t hurt you. It makes you stronger. And I use plain soap also. Lol none of this anti-bacterial stuff. Keep your body clean, (wash your hands) your home clean and your food fresh and natural. You’ll be just fine..( eat a little dirt. Lol)

Michael Mogilefsky - January 4, 2021

Just found out that my 1st cousin & her husband were volunteers for the Pfizer drug trials in August/September. It was a double blind trial: 50/50 chance of getting the real vs placebo vaccine. They were informed after Christmas that they both had received the real vaccine and were now protected from contracting CV19. She said that the only impact for them was they had a sore arm for a day or two. Being my first cousin makes me feel better about getting the vaccine.

Beth Vidales - January 4, 2021

There is no way I am taking it! I work in EMS (hence the email, bethEMT) and I have seen so many ppl pass away just from the H1N1/flu vaccine.
You are talking about healthy people in there 30’s etc.
I have already had the virus anyway, so I will not take it!
God bless you all!

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