Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s blood will be used for science! The couple’s blood will be used to help create a vaccine for the coronavirus.
Hanks and Wilson were the one of the first high-profile cases of the coronavirus, falling ill on a trip to Australia while Hanks was participating in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.
After revealing their diagnosis, the remained in Australia quarantined and made a full recovery before returning to Los Angeles.
Once they returned, they enrolled in a medical study to determine if their antibodies would be useful for scientists to help develop a vaccine and Hanks revealed on NPR’s podcast “ Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” that he and Wilson “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.”