Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck makes big donation to coronavirus vaccine efforts in Mass.

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck has made a $1 million donation toward efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine at a pair of Massachusetts hospitals.

As reported in an in-depth new story by Jonathan Saltzman in the Boston Globe, researchers at Mass. General Hospital and Mass. Eye and Ear are joining forces to work on developing an approved vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

The story goes into detail on how their vaccine, described as a "Trojan horse", would work to develop immunity to COVID-19 in test subjects. The hospitals' new project is simply the latest among several in Boston working toward a coronavirus vaccine and at least 111 worldwide, according to the Globe.

Apr 28, 2018, Boston, MA, USA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (right) talks with Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 28, 2018, Boston, MA, USA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (right) talks with Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Grousbeck is also the chair of the board of directors at Mass. Eye and Ear, which contains the Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center. According to Luk Vandenberghe, director of the Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center, the effort has received several million dollars in total funding.

“My wife and I wanted to do something to fight COVID-19, and we have total faith in Luk [Vandenberghe] and the quality of his team,” Grousbeck told the Globe. “We will need several vaccines to succeed to cure the world, and we’re trying to cure the world here.”

COVID-19 has killed 4,212 people in Massachusetts alone, as of Tuesday. There are 70,271 confirmed cases.

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