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Dame Sarah Gilbert, a vaccination professor at Oxford University and leader of the team that created one of the Covid-19 vaccines, and five other women were honored by Mattel with their own Barbie doll to vindicate their achievements during the pandemic.
British coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert has received much praise for her scientific findings, but now she has an accolade that she may never have imagined and that she shares with Beyonce, Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt: a Barbie doll made in her image and likeness. .
Gilbert is a 59-year-old professor at the University of Oxford and leader of the team that developed the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19, now used in many countries around the world.
Toy maker Mattel Inc. launched a “role model” doll line, inspired by Sarah Gilbert and five other women, in recognition of their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
“An encouragement for women scientists”
“It’s a very strange concept to have a Barbie doll created in my likeness,” Gilbert said in an interview with Mattel, adding that he hopes “this is part of making it more normal for girls to think about science careers.”
Among the honorees are nurse Amy O’Sullivan, who treated the first Covid-19 patient in the emergency room at Wycoff Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Also Latin Audrey Cruz, a front-line doctor in Las Vegas and anti-discrimination activist.
Barbie is proud to honor 6 frontline workers from around the world with #OneOfAKind dolls in their likeness. From an ER nurse to a biomedical researcher and more, these heroes continue to serve their communities, and inspire generations to follow their lead. #ThankYouHeroes pic.twitter.com/x6pdOlJNDZ
– Barbie (@Barbie) August 4, 2021
Other dolls are inspired by Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto who fought systemic racism in healthcare, or by Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, who led the genome sequencing of a variant. of Covid-19 in Brazil.
Finally, another Barbie pays tribute to Kirby White, the co-creator of Gowns for Doctors, a washable and reusable gown that allowed frontline workers in Victoria, Australia, to continue caring for patients during the pandemic.
With AP and Reuters