Tom Hanks’ Blood Contributes to Coronavirus Vaccine
In March, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia. The world has since looked to Hanks and Wilson for reassurance as they regularly posted updates on their condition.
The couple first reported on March 22nd that they had been through two full weeks since their initial symptoms had arrived and that they were finally feeling better!
This was not the end of Hanks and Wilsons’ quest to help the rest of the world make it through this crisis.
In an interview on the NPR show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, Tom Hanks was asked if he had been approached to give blood or plasma for research, he responded:
We have not only been approached; we have said, do you want our blood? Can we give plasma? And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine.Tom Hanks via NPR
The use of plasma therapies has proven as an effective treatment method for other outbreaks and pandemics. In fact, the chair of the Molecular Microbology and Immunology Department at Johns Hopkins, Dr Arturo Casadevall, confirmed the use of plasma in treating the 2003 SARS outbreak and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, according to CBS.
The tremendous leadership and initiative of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will no doubt help the medical community work towards a “Hank-ccine” vaccine or other treatment that will benefit mankind.
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