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Barbie Debuts Doll of COVID-19 Vaccine Developer

COVID-19 vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert was honored with a Barbie doll made in her likeness.

In fact, Professor Gilbert, who helped co-develop the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, is one of six women who have new Barbies modeled after them.


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Here are the five other women honored by Barbie.

  1. Emergency room nurse Amy O’Sullivan who treated the first COVID-19 patient.
  2. Audrey Cruz, a frontline doctor in Las Vegas who fought discrimination.
  3. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, a Canadian psychiatry resident who battled systemic racism in healthcare.
  4. Brazilian biomedical researcher Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, who led sequencing of the genome of a COVID-19 variant in Brazil.
  5. Kirby White, an Australian doctor who pioneered a surgical gown that can be washed and reused by frontline workers.

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