The doctors, nurses, and all those who have joined the fight against the global Ebola crisis were anointed Time's 2014 Person of the Year. "Ebola is a war, and a warning," said Time Editor Nancy Gibbs, explaining the magazine's choice. "The global health system is nowhere close to strong enough to keep us safe from infectious disease, and 'us' means everyone, not just those in faraway places where this is one threat among many that claim lives every day." She continued:
The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME's 2014 Person of the Year. [Time]
The year's runners-up include the Ferguson protesters, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Check out the full Person of the Year coverage at Time.