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Hollywood star Tom Hanks’ blood is being used to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Hollywood star Tom Hanks’ blood is being used to develop COVID-19 vaccine

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Apr 2020, 11:51 am

Los Angeles/IBNS: Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and his wife  Rita Wilson, who recovered from COVID-19, have now offered their blood to help develop a vaccine for coronavirus, media reports said.

Hanks said on NPR’s podcast “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” last week that he and Wilson volunteered to donate their blood and plasma for coronavirus research, reported Variety.

“A lot of the questions [are] what do we do now? Is there something we can do? And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies,” he said. “We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?'”

The superstar he also has a name ready in case the vaccine is made from his blood donation.

“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,” he was quoted as saying by Variety.

The couple had tested positive for COVID-19 in March this year.

They returned home to Los Angeles at the end of March.