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Vaccinologist Barbie: Prof Sarah Gilbert honoured with a doll

Co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab hopes it will inspire young girls to enter Stem careers

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Prof Sarah Gilbert has had quite a year. The co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab has been made a dame, been given an emotional standing ovation at Wimbledon – and now a Barbie doll has been made in her honour.

Gilbert, who led the development of the Covid vaccine at Oxford University, said she initially found the gesture “very strange” but hoped it would inspire young girls to work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem).

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