Barbie of Oxford Covid vaccine designer Dame Sarah Gilbert created

Barbie maker Mattel has created a doll of the scientist who designed the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert.

Dame Sarah said she found the creation “very strange” at first – but she hoped it would inspire children.

“My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist,” she said.

Her Barbie is one of five to honour women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

The others include an Australian medic who helped create a reusable gown for health workers, and a Brazilian biomedical researcher.

 

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