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Tom Hanks Gives His Blood Plasma To UCLA For Coronavirus Research

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson photographed at the Academy Awards this year. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role playing Fred Rogers. Amy Sussman/Getty Images
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Actor Tom Hanks made waves as one of the first celebrities to contract coronavirus. Now, he's donating his plasma to UCLA researchers to help in the broader fight against COVID-19.

Hanks shared pictures on Twitter today of the bag of plasma he donated, saying that the process was "as easy as taking a nap."

He also personally thanked UCLA infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Anne Rimoin.

Hanks and his wife, the actress Rita Wilson, contracted COVID-19 last month while shooting a movie in Australia. They have since returned to Los Angeles.

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