Real-life pandemic heroes honored with their own Barbie doll
(CNN) - Mattel announced six new, one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls had been created to honor individuals leading the fight against COVID-19.
The dolls feature the likeness of several real-life women who have been monumental during the pandemic:
- Amy O’Sullivan is a nurse who treated the first COVID-19 patient in Brooklyn and became ill herself.
- Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz is an Asian-American physician who helped fight racial bias and discrimination.
- Professor Sarah Gilbert helped develop the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine.
- Dr. Jacqueline Goes de Jesus led the genome sequencing of Brazil’s COVID-19 variant.
- Dr. Kirby White developed a doctor’s gown that could be laundered and re-used.
The Barbie dolls are part of Mattel’s Thank You Heroes program. They are not available for purchase.
The company also announced that it was donating $5 for each Barbie doctor, nurse and paramedic doll from the regular line of the toys sold at Target.
The money will be donated to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
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