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Barbie debuts doll in likeness of British Covid-19 vaccine developer

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British coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert has many science accolades to her credit score however now shares an honor with Beyoncé, Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt: a Barbie doll in her likeness.

Gilbert, a 59-year-old professor at Oxford College and co-developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is one in every of six ladies within the Covid-19 combat who’ve new Barbies modeled after them.

Toy maker Mattel Inc is recognizing them with a line of Barbie “function mannequin” dolls.

Gilbert’s Barbie shares her lengthy auburn hair and outsized black glasses, and he or she wears a smart navy blue pantsuit and white shirt.

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Vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert along with her personal Barbie doll on the Historical past of Science Museum, College of Oxford, UK. Credit score: Andy Paradise/Shutterstock

“It is a very unusual idea having a Barbie doll created in my likeness,” Gilbert stated in an interview for Mattel.

“I hope it will likely be a part of making it extra regular for women to consider careers in science.”

Among the many honorees are emergency room nurse Amy O’Sullivan who handled the primary Covid-19 affected person on the Wycoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and Audrey Cruz, frontline physician in Las Vegas who fought discrimination, in response to Mattel.

Different dolls embody Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian psychiatry resident on the College of Toronto who battled systemic racism in healthcare, and Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, who led sequencing of the genome of a Covid-19 variant in Brazil, the corporate stated.

Lastly a doll honors Kirby White, an Australian physician who pioneered a surgical robe that may be washed and reused by frontline employees through the pandemic.

Gilbert selected nonprofit group WISE (Girls in Science & Engineering), devoted to inspiring ladies to contemplate a profession in STEM, to obtain a monetary donation from the toy maker.

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