Dolly Parton on funding vaccine: ‘Something bad was on the rise’


Dolly Parton thinks she’s getting too much credit for the “small part” she played in developing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

During an interview with the UK’s Absolute Radio on Tuesday, the 75-year-old country icon explained that she’s been involved with cancer research at Vanderbilt University, in her home state of Tennessee, for years.

“I knew something bad was on the rise and I just wanted to kind of help with that,” Parton said of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Mine was a small part, of course. I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve,” She added. “I was happy to be a part of that and to be able to try to stop something in its tracks that’s really become just such a monster for all of us.”

The country music legend announced her contribution last year — and followed up by broadcasting herself receiving the first dose of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine with researcher and longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad.

“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 toward research of the coronavirus for a cure,” she told Absolute Radio.

As part of her campaign to get shots in arms, the “Jolene” singer also repurposed her beloved hit song to promote the vaccine — replacing the name Jolene in the refrain with “vaccine.”

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