Tom Hanks donates plasma to find a coronavirus 'Hank-ccine'

David Caplan
April 29, 2020 - 5:19 pm
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    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Tom Hanks is a man of his word.

    The 63-year-old actor -- who, along with wife Rita Wilson, also 63, were diagnosed with coronavirus last month in Australia -- had said that he would donate plasma to help researchers find a vaccine for COVID-19. 

    And on Wednesday, he took to social media to illustrate he had done just that, posting photos of his blood and plasma.

    "Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag!" he wrote. “After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap. Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx.”

    In the caption he's referring to Dr. Anne Rimoin, an infectious disease epidemiologist and director of the UCLA Center for Global & Immigrant Health. 

    Tom Hanks

    Hanks had said he wanted to donate his blood and plasma during an interview with the NPR podcast "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!"

    "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,” he said.

    Hanks said he and Wilson learned after living through coronavirus that they had its antibodies

    “A lot of the questions [are> what do we do now? Is there something we can do? And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies,” said Hanks, who was in Australia working on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.