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Vaccine Researchers To Use Tom Hanks Blood For Coronavirus Immunization Development

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Vaccine Researchers To Use Tom Hanks Blood For Coronavirus Immunization Development

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were among two of the first celebrities diagnosed with coronavirus. The two were infected while working on set in Australia. The two ended up fine. In fact, both consistently posted on social media while they were “sick.”

Now researchers want to use Rita and Tom Hanks’s blood for the development of a vaccine.

Tom seems excited to have his blood used in vaccine research. He and wife Rita now carry coronavirus antibodies, which is required in order to have your blood utilized in a vaccine research process.

Speaking on NPR podcast ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’, he said: “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.”

Apparently Rita had more intense coronavirus symptoms.

“Rita went through a tougher time than I did. She had a much-higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks. She was so nauseous, she had to crawl on the floor from the bed to the facilities. It lasted a while.” Tom said.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.


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