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Tom Hanks Is Donating Blood to Scientists Working on a Coronavirus Vaccine

He'd like to call it the "Hank-ccine."


Since he contracted COVID-19 back in early March, what feels like years ago, Tom Hanks has been surprisingly busy. He diligently documented his recovery, hosted the inaugural SNL at Home, and comforted Corona, an Australian boy bullied for his name.

Hanks also dropped by the venerable NPR game show Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me to chat about his experience. It seems that Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, an actress and singer who also contracted the disease, are donating their blood to scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine.

Hanks confirmed that he and Wilson had taken an antibody test and that both tested positive for the blood proteins formed in response to the presence of the virus. Antibodies are a big part of the body’s immune response to infection, and they’ve proven useful in the development of vaccines for other viral diseases. There’s hope that they might reveal some insights into how to combat the coronavirus.

The topic came up when panelist Adam Felber asked Hanks if he’d been asked to donate his blood to the cause (instead of, presumably, smearing it on a volleyball).

“We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?'” Hanks replied. “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.'”

Here’s hoping that the Hank-ccine — or maybe the Wilson-ccine — comes along soon, so we can all go back to our normal lives, including watching Tom Hanks movies at the local theater without worry.