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British COVID vaccine creator honoured with Barbie doll

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“It’s a very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness. I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science,” Gilbert said in an interview for Mattel.

Along with Gilbert, five other women also have new Barbies modelled after them. US healthcare worker Amy O’Sullivan, who treated the first COVID-19 patient at a Brooklyn hospital, and Audrey Cruz, a frontline doctor who fought discrimination were among the honourees, according to Mattel. So were Chika Stacy Oriuwa, the Canadian campaigner against systemic racism in healthcare, Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus and Australian doctor Kirby White.

“Barbie recognises that all frontline workers have made tremendous sacrifices when confronting the pandemic and the challenges it heightened,” Lisa McKnight, senior vice president of Barbie and dolls at Mattel, said.

“To shine a light on their efforts, we are sharing their stories and leveraging Barbie’s platform to inspire the next generation to take after these heroes and give back. Our hope is to nurture and ignite the imaginations of children playing out their own storyline as heroes,” McKnight said. – THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

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