Folks on Twitter started crediting Dolly Parton with helping to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Earlier this year, Dolly announced she was donating $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt hospital to help advance the research being done for a vaccine. Well, it turns out Vanderbilt was part of the Moderna trials, and Moderna just announced their experimental vaccine has been shown to have 95% efficacy in human trials.
The connection has fans on social media praising Dolly for being the one who “cured the coronavirus.”
Dolly Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt for vaccine research.
Vanderbilt researchers were involved in the Moderna trials.
Ergo, Dolly Parton helped cure COVID.
— Jonathan "Boo and Vote" Cohn (@JonathanCohn) November 17, 2020
— Dr. Meade Krosby (@MeadeKrosby) November 17, 2020
I always knew Dolly Parton would save us.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Dolly was on Today where she was asked about the fact that she’s trending on Twitter because of her donation, and she says she’s “just happy that anything I do can help somebody else,” noting, “when I donated the money to the COVID fund I just wanted to do good an evidently it is.”