Coronavirus | COVID - 19 named as real-life heroes
COVID-19 is honoring Barbie by honouring the medical role model of a new line of first responders.
The six-doll collection was created to highlight the valiant deeds frontline workers have taken throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mattel team selected six women who proved to be real-life heroes in the medical field during this global health crisis, and designed one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls in their image.
With over 200 careers, Barbie has done it all in an effort to inspire girls to believe they can be anything, Mattel's SVP and global head of Barbie and Dolls, Lisa McKnight, exclusively told FOX Business. Now it's our turn to honor these real heroes and continue to leverage Barbie's platform to shine a light on the courageous women leading the world selflessly through the pandemic.
Representing the U.S. are registered nurse Audrey Sue Cruz of Staten Island, Nevada and internal medicine physician Amy O'Sullivan from Las Vegas, Nevada.
O'Sullivan made headlines for treating Brooklyn's first known CIVIL 19 patient in March last year at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in NYC. A few days after her exposure to the first patient, O'Sullivan displayed coronavirus symptoms and was intubated but ultimately returned to the emergency room where she worked to treat other patients.
She has earnestly earned the coveted spot as TIME "September" cover star of the list of the 100 influential people of 2020.
Cruz has worked with Loma Linda University Medical Center in California as a full-time hospitalist and faculty member throughout the pandemic. When Cruz has been blogging about wellness, Mattel reports she's been fighting racial bias and discrimination alongside other Asian American healthcare workers, Cruz adds.
Making up the rest of the Barbie medical model line are Kika Stacy Oriuwa, Kirby White, Sarah Gilbert, Jaqueline G es de Jesus and Chika Stacy Oriuwa.
Oriuwa is a Canadian psychiatrist who specializes in treating children and adolescents at the University of Toronto. Throughout the pandemic, she's advocated against systemic racism in the healthcare industry, which has impacted people of color according to multiple studies.
Gilbert, a British professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford led the COVID - 19 vaccine development which played an instrumental role in the U.K. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Gilbert had made strides in malaria vaccine research.
G es de Jesus, a Brazilian biomedical researcher and scientist at the University of S o Paulo, worked on genome sequencing of the COVID 19 Alpha variant that has been infecting people in Brazil. Her team was recognized by the legislative assembly of Bahia in March 2020 for successfully sequencing the genome in 48 hours.
White is an Australian specialist general practitioner who co-founded Gowns for Doctors, a crowd-funded initiative that created PPE gowns for frontline workers in Victoria. When she is not dispensing gowns, White practices medicine at The GP Clinic Bendigo.
The company has also partnered with Mattel in a donation campaign that will benefit the First Responders Children's Foundation.
The toy giant will donate $5 to the FRCF for every eligible paramedic, nurse and doctor Barbie doll sold at participating Target stores. The campaign will run until August 28 and has maximum contribution of $50,000.
This charitable initiative is a continuation of the ThankYouHeroes Program, which started a signature campaign with Mattel in May 2020 shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began.