Icelandic PM on top influencers’ list

12.01.2021 - 11:51
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Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, was one of the 22 most influential women of 2020, according to The Telegraph. Katrín is joined on the British newspaper’s list by the likes of her Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg, Queen Elizabeth II, and Dolly Parton. The list also features Özlem Tureci, one of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine developers, and Sarah Gilbert, one of the AstraZeneca Oxford University vaccine developers.

According to The Telegraph, Katrín is included on the list for leading the government of a country that offers everybody free COVID-19 testing, set up a robust track and trace system early in the pandemic, and paid a COVID bonus to staff working directly with infected patients.

The article reminisces about the famous time in 2020 when Katrín experienced a large earthquake while in an online video interview with The Washington Post. She was speaking at the time about how female leaders around the world have often proven more willing to listen to the advice of scientists. While it was tempting to say that female leaders have done better in the fight against COVID-19, there were also male leaders who have implemented the same or similar measures. 

Katrín is not the only Nordic leader on the list: Norwegian PM Erna Solberg is also there, and their Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin. All three countries are credited with coping better than their Nordic neighbours Sweden and Denmark (which also has a female prime minister). 

Among others on the Telegraph list are the American country music star Dolly Parton, who donated a million dollars to Vanderbilt University, which worked on developing the Moderna vaccine. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the American Supreme Court judge who passed away last year, also feature on the list. 

The scientists Özlem Tureci and Sarah Gilbert feature for their work on vaccines. Tureci worked on the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine alongside her husband and Gilbert also credits her partner for making the career sacrifice necessary to stay home looking after their triplets while her work was ongoing.  

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