Corona Barbie from Mattel honors vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert from Oxford


I beg your pardon? One corona-Barbie? Was that just missing? No, not a busty blonde with a wasp waist, mini skirt and face mask. Barbie maker Mattel has created a new doll in honor of Oxford vaccine developer Sarah Gilbert!

She found it “very strange” at first, said the researcher, who played a key role in developing the AstraZeneca vaccine, told the British news agency PA.



Professor Sarah Gilbert’s Barbie has long red hair, like her role model, and wears a black trouser suit and glassesPhoto: Andy Paradise / AP

“I would like my doll to make children aware of professions that they did not know before, such as an immunologist,” said the 59-year-old. It is very important to her to inspire girls in particular for scientific professions and science.

Gilbert, who has been a researcher at Oxford University since 1994, led the development team behind the AstraZeneca vaccine. Right from the start, the team set itself the goal of developing a product that is inexpensive and easy to transport.


Modeled on Sarah Gilbert, the Barbie is one of a worldwide series of dolls honoring women in the health sector

Modeled on Sarah Gilbert, the Barbie is one of a worldwide series of dolls honoring women in the health sectorPhoto: UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD / VIA REUTERS

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