Stella Parton, whose sister Dolly donated $1 million to vaccine research, slammed 'old moldy politicians' for getting vaccinated before vulnerable Americans
Dolly and Stella Parton in 2015. Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic via Getty
Dolly Parton's younger sister, Stella, admonished US politicians not to have donated to vaccine research and to get vaccinated against vulnerable Americans.
Dolly Parton announced in April that she had donated $ 1 million to coronavirus vaccine research. That research culminated in the Moderna vaccine, which was approved for emergency use in the United States last Friday.
American politicians including Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began getting vaccinated on Friday. You got the Pfizer shot.
In a Saturday tweet, Stella Parton wrote: "If a little hillbilly singer like my big sister Dolly can invest in the vaccine, why the hell can't some of you old, moldy politicians throw in a few million yourself?"
"I noticed you were vaccinated right away while people were starving and dying, Aholes," she added.
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Stella Parton, the younger sister of country music star Dolly Parton, slammed "old moldy politicians" for not donating to vaccine research and getting vaccinated from vulnerable Americans.
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On April 1, Dolly Parton posted on Instagram that she had donated $ 1 million to coronavirus vaccine research at Vanderbilt University, where scientists later developed a vaccine for the American biotech company Moderna.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna's emergency drug last Friday after a vaccine was approved by Pfizer and BioNTech on Dec. 11.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that frontline health workers and nursing home residents be given priority access to vaccines.
However, a list of US politicians has already received the vaccine - a fact that did not go down well with Stella Parton.
"If a little hillbilly singer like my big sister Dolly can invest in the vaccine, why the hell can't some of you old, moldy politicians throw in a few million yourself?" She tweeted on Saturday.
"I noticed you got vaccinated right away while people were starving and leaving you to die. Aholes."
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine live on television.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Sens. Mitt Romney, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Edward Markey; MPs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bobby Scott also received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine as part of the continuity plan.
On Sunday, the CDC announced that more than 556,000 Americans had received an initial vaccination shot. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.
Parton also attacked evangelical leaders for not donating to vaccine research.
"I've never heard of a televangelist who donated a damn penny to the Research Fund, but they can safely seal the flock and try to cast out demons if they are possessed by themselves!" She said.
As insider Juliana Kaplan previously reported, Parton has been a philanthropist for years, recently raising money for those displaced by wildfire and donating 100 million books to the Library of Congress.
A number of other celebrities have donated money for those looking for a vaccine. For example, in March Rihanna donated $ 5 million to warring nations and vaccine research projects through her Clara Lionel Foundation.
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