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Oxford vax designer Sarah Gilbert honoured with Barbie

Her vaccine – the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab – is now the most widely used around the world, with doses sent to more than 170 countries…reports Asian Lite News.

Toy giant Mattel has created a doll of the scientist who designed UK’s Covid-19 vaccine, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert, media reported.

Mattel hopes this will “inspire the next generation to take after these heroes and give back”.

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

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

Her Barbie is one of six 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.

Vaccinologist Dame Sarah – who was recognised with a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – began designing a coronavirus vaccine in early 2020 when Covid first emerged in China.

Her vaccine – the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab – is now the most widely used around the world, with doses sent to more than 170 countries.

“I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of girls into Stem careers and hope that children who see my Barbie will realise how vital careers in science are to help the world around us,” the BBC quoted Dame Sarah as saying.

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