Tom Hanks’ Blood To Be Used For Coronavirus Treatment Research: Call It ‘The ‘Hank-ccine’
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have successfully recovered and have now volunteered to donate their blood and plasma for COVID-19 research. After learning they had coronavirus antibodies, they were approached for studies, the actor revealed on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
“We will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine,'” the actor joked on the radio show.
“There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks,” host Peter Sagal responded.
The couple first tested positive for coronavirus in early March while they were in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic. Production on the project was halted following Hanks’ diagnosis.
After hospitalization and self-isolation in Australia, the two returned to Los Angeles health. Hanks has taken to social media to share journey.
“We are just fine, dandy. We had all of the flu-like symptoms. My wife, Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature. And we were isolated so that we would not give it to anyone else,” he said.
Hanks also said he had been playing solitaire and “marie-Kondo-izing” his life in lockdown.