Tom Hanks shares photo of his plasma as he donates it for COVID-19 antibody research

By Heather Cichowski

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are two of Hollywood's most generous people, and they've taken it up a notch. After recovering from the coronavirus, they're donating their blood plasma in the hopes it can be used for COVID-19 antibody research and to possibly create a vaccine.

The Oscar-winning actor took to Twitter on April 29 to reveal the bag of yellowish liquid. Plasma is what remains after white and red blood cells, platelets and other cellular components have been removed.

The images appear to show part of Tom's arm and wrist during the procedure as well as the full sample.

"Here’s last week's bag of plasma. Such a bag!" Tom wrote of his incredible gesture. "After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap. Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx."

Rita also shared photos of her plasma donation, too, and expressed her thanks.

"A photo of getting tested for antibodies in preparation of donating plasma," the singer-actress wrote on Instagram. "Thank you Dr. Anne Rimoin @annierimoin at UCLA for the study you’re working on to help patients heal from COVID-19."

The pair had previously said they were interested in donating blood for COVID-19 testing.

"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,'" Tom said on NPR show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! earlier this month.

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The couple has been active on social media and kept fans updated on their recoveries. They tested positive for coronavirus in March while in Australia while Tom was to film Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic. Tom had been set to play Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis's legendary manager.

The pair only experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms, telling fans on Instagram they felt "a bit tired" and like they had colds accompanied by "some body aches." The Hollywood stars recovered and arrived back in the United States at the end of March.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 3.2 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 187 countries and regions. The illness has killed more than 228,000 people worldwide, but more than 993,000 people have recovered from it so far.

Tom and Rita celebrated 32 years of marriage on April 30. Rita later took to Instagram to share a sweet photo and message.

She wrote, "32 years with this guy! @tomhanks Happy Anniversary, my love. Let’s go 32 more and then some!"

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