Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s blood used to develop a vaccine

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for the new coronavirus in early March while in Australia for the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic about Elvis Presley, in which the actor plays the lead role. The two stars were able to return home to Los Angeles at the end of March after being quarantined.

Invited to appear in the American podcast “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” last week, the actor said he and his wife volunteered to donate blood and plasma in search of a vaccine against Covid-19.

“The question now is, what now? What are we going to do about it? (…) And in fact we’ve learned that we’ve developed antibodies resistant to the virus. Not only have we been contacted [by scientists], but we have offered ourselves: ‘Do you want samples of our blood? Can we also give plasma?'”.


Tom Hanks has even thought about the name of this future vaccine. “We are going to donate our blood to the laboratories working on this vaccine, which I would like to call a ‘Hank-ccin’,” he added with a sense of humour.

He also assured that he was feeling “very well” and “in great shape”. In another interview last week, he had already said: “Rita has been through a more difficult time than I have. She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and smell. She didn’t enjoy eating for almost three weeks.