After surviving infection

After Tom Hanks (63, “Forrest Gump”) and his wife Rita Wilson (63) survived an infection with the coronavirus, they now want to use their own blood to drive the development of a possible vaccine. Hanks recently announced this on a guest appearance on the NPR podcast “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” In early March, the couple tested positive for Covid 19 while in Australia for the new Elvis Presley biopic that Hanks stars in. Hanks and Wilson are now fully recovered.

The Hollywood star explains that he and Wilson want to donate their blood for research because it now has antibodies and is therefore very useful for working on a possible corona vaccine. “They not only approached us, we offered it directly: Do you want our blood? Can we give you our plasma? Indeed, it will now go to a few institutions that want to work on what I like to call ‘hank-ccine’ – a nod to ‘vaccine’, the English word for vaccine.

Regarding the time during the infection that forced them to quarantine for several weeks, Hanks said: “My wife Rita has been through a harder time than me. She had a very high fever. ”Hanks and Wilson are now back in the United States and they say they are doing well.

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