The giant toy company Mattel announced today, Wednesday, that it has made a new “Barbie” doll in honor of the British scientist Sarah Gilbert, co-development of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19, which is a source of pride in Britain despite the controversy over its side effects.
Oxford University vaccinology professor Sarah Gilbert said she found the initiative “quite strange” at first, but said in a statement from the company that she hoped it would “inspire the next generation of young girls to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
“I hope that children who see my (Barbie) doll will realize how important scientific careers are to helping the world around us,” she added.
Gilbert was awarded an honorary medal by Queen Elizabeth II in June, in recognition of her role in public health service and medical research.
More than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide since it was launched by Mattel 60 years ago.