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British coronavirus vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert is one of the six women Mattel Inc. has recognized as role models in the fight against COVID-19.

“Barbie is proud to honor 6 frontline workers from around the world with ‘One Of A Kind’ 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. Thank You Heroes,” announced an official statement on Twitter.



“It’s a very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness,” said the 59-year-old professor at Oxford University and co-developer of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in an interview for Mattel.

“I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science. My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist.”

The Barbie has her long auburn hair and wears similar oversized black-rimmed glasses.

The five other honorees are US health care workers Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz and emergency room nurse Amy O’Sullivan, Canadian doctor and advocate against systemic racism in health care Chicka Stacy Oriuwa, Brazilian biomedical researcher Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus and Australian doctor and protective gown developer Kirby White.

However, these one-of-a-kind dolls will not be sold in stores. “They were created as custom dolls to celebrate the work of these six inspiring medical experts. You can buy Barbie’s other collections of doctor, nurse and paramedic dolls at major retailers.”