Dolly Parton is "happy" to have played a part in funding Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, but believes she gets more credit than she deserves. The country legend, 75, reflected on last year's hefty donation in a new interview.
"When the pandemic came out, I just felt kind of led to do something because I knew something bad was on the rise, and I just wanted to kind of help with that, so I donated to help with that," Parton told U.K.'s Absolute Radio. "Mine was a small part, of course."
Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which aided in the development of Moderna's vaccine. She has repeatedly used her platform and urged people to get vaccinated.
"I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve, but I was happy to be part of that and to be able to try to stop something in its tracks that's really become such a monster for all of us," Parton continued. "So I was happy to do that. My heart just kind of leads me into where I'm supposed go and what I'm supposed to do at the time."
Underwood made headlines on Tuesday when she supposedly liked an anti-mask tweet from conservative commentator, Matt Walsh, about school mask mandates. It's a hot-button issue in Nashville where the American Idol alum raises here kids, ages 6 and 2. The tweet is still liked on her account, despite backlash.
Carrie Underwood please listen to Dolly Parton on this one & put a mask on your child !!!!!!!!!!
— Maggie (@_maggie447) August 17, 2021
Who needs Carrie Underwood when we have Dolly Parton.
— 💞🕊Heyoka 🕊💞 (@HeyokaEmpath01) August 18, 2021
carrie underwood being an antimasker is just sad
the only country singer i know i can trust is dolly parton
— stoop kid (@krystazerance) August 17, 2021