Meet the vaccine Barbie! AstraZeneca jab pioneer Dame Sarah Gilbert and Covid pandemic scientists are immortalized as dolls
- Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert led the development of Oxford/AstraZeneca jab
- At first she thought it was “very strange” to have a Barbie made in her image, but she said she hoped it would inspire young girls to pursue careers in the STEM sector.
- Toymakers Mattel created models in honor of five other female Covid heroes
- American health workers Amy O’Sullivan and Dr Audrey Cruz have their own dolls
- Campaigning Canadian physician Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa was also made as Barbie
- Brazilian biomedical researcher Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus has her own doll
- Just like Dr Kirby White, an Australian doctor who has teamed up to create a reusable gown for frontline workers
She is the Oxford pioneer who led the development of one of the first life-saving Covid vaccines.
And now Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert’s contribution to the fight against coronavirus has been immortalized…in plastic.
Toy makers Mattel have created a Barbie doll modeled on the vaccinologist.
Dame Sarah said she initially found the gesture “very strange” but hoped it would inspire young girls to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Voice).
She added: “I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of girls for careers at Stem and I hope that children who see my Barbie realize the importance of careers in science in helping the world around us. ‘
The unique doll is dressed in a blue pantsuit, white blouse, black glasses and black shoes.
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert (pictured with her Barbie) said she initially found the idea of recreating the iconic toy in her likeness “very strange” but hoped it would inspire young girls to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Voice)
In addition to portraying Dame Sarah, 59, the company has created models in honor of five other women who work in Stem around the world: American health professionals Amy O’Sullivan and Dr. Audrey Cruz, Canadian physician and campaigner Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, The Brazilian biomedical researcher Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus and Dr. Kirby White, an Australian doctor who together created a reusable gown for frontline personnel.
Lisa McKnight, of Mattel, said: “Barbie recognizes that all frontline workers have made tremendous sacrifices in fighting the pandemic.
To showcase their efforts, we share their stories and use Barbie’s platform to inspire the next generation.”
In addition to portraying Dame Sarah (third from right), Mattel has created models in honor of five other women who work in Stem around the world
Barbie has showcased over 200 different careers over the decades.
They include an astronaut, launched four years before man walked on the moon, and a presidential candidate.
One of the criticisms over the years has been that her anatomically implausibly long legs and roomy bust can fuel body image disorders.
Scientists at the University of South Australia have claimed that the odds of a woman having Barbie’s body shape are only one in 100,000.