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Tom Hanks Blood Will Be Used In Development of COVID-19 Vaccine

April 25, 2020 | Posted by Ashish

After recovering from COVID-19, Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew back to the United States from Australia and enrolled in a medical study to determine if they could be blood donors for a potential coronavirus vaccine. Hanks told the NPR podcast Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (h/t Today Online) that their blood does carry the coronavirus antibodies and that they will be donating their blood in the fight to stop the virus.

“We just found out that we do carry the antibodies. 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.”

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