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

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 University and co-developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is one in all six girls within the Covid-19 combat who’ve new Barbies modeled after them.

Toy maker Mattel Inc is recognizing them with a line of Barbie “role model” 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 together with her personal Barbie doll on the History of Science Museum, University of Oxford, UK. Credit: Andy Paradise/Shutterstock

“It’s a very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness,” Gilbert stated in an interview for Mattel.

“I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science.”

Among the 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 accordance with Mattel.

Other dolls embrace Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian psychiatry resident on the University 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 staff throughout the pandemic.

Gilbert selected nonprofit group WISE (Women 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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