Researchers Are Developing a Coronavirus Vaccine with Tom Hanks's Blood
Published Apr 25, 2020Tom Hanks was one of the first major public figures to be diagnosed with COVID-19, which resulted in him and his wife Rita Wilson being hospitalized in Australia and self-isolating in the United States upon their recovery. The ordeal has had an upside: the couple have donated blood to researchers in hopes it can help them develop a vaccine.
Hanks shared this development in a recent appearance on NPR's quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, where he told the hosts, "we just found out that we do carry the antibodies."
He continued, "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."
Glad to see the virus hasn't impacted his sense of humour.
Since his recovery, Hanks has been keeping busy by hosting SNL's first "At Home" edition and sending a Corona typewriter to a boy named Corona.
Listen to the interview with Hanks via NPR.