Connecticut-based New England Toy company, which usually makes custom plush bears and other toys, created a 12-inch version of the country's top medical figure and White House Coronavirus Taskforce member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Speaking from his office in Avon on Monday, the founder of New England Toy showcased the plush toy which features a removable superhero cape.
«I, like I lot of people, had... Еще never heard or seen Dr. Fauci before this coronavirus. I just found him very honest, trustworthy and kind of like a superhero to a lot of people. I thought it would be a great way to immortalise him and make a toy that we can use to raise money,» said founder Josh Livingston.
«Even though he delivers a lot of negative news about the virus and how it's spreading and what we have to do to contain it, I think a lot of people just appreciate that honesty rather than hearing just everything you want to hear and it not being true,» he added.
Doctor Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has often appeared with US President Donald Trump at media briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The doll can be pre-ordered for $25 (€23), and $5 (€4.6) USD from each purchase going to a COVID-19 charity, according to the company.