The Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, has pledged $1 million to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. The money will go to the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Dolly Parton may well be the hero we all need right now as she puts her money where her mouth is and pledges a ginormous donation to fight COVID-19.
Parton previously announced this week that she will be reading books to children every Thursday night via YouTube but has also made a considerable pledge too.
“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 research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Parton wrote ion her social media.
“I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Parton isn’t the only celebrity to use their wealth for the greater good. Rihanna recently donated $5 million to the fightback against coronavirus. Pornhub has even donated 50,000 masks to New York frontliners.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of April 2nd, more than 938,348 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 47,286 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.