Dolly Parton -- legendary musician, theme park entrepreneur, stealth lesbian love song writer, and now, a driving force behind ending the Covid-19 pandemic? Yep, you read that right. In true Dolly fashion, Parton may have a stake in getting us out of this nightmare, partially funding Moderna Inc's "game-changing" coronavirus vaccine.
Back in April, the country music icon donated $1 million towards Covid-19 research at Vanderbilt University, located in her home state of Tennessee, after a friend informed her of a few promising treatments in the works. "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 towards that research of the coronavirus for a cure," Parton explained in an Instagram post last spring. "I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations."