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Who Is Time's 2014 Person of the Year?

Time Magazine has unveiled its Person of the Year for 2014.

Liz Raftery

Time Magazine has unveiled its Person of the Year for 2014.

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This year, the distinction went to the "Ebola fighters," the doctors and public health officials who worked to prevent the spread of the disease. "Ebola is a war, and a warning. 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," Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote in a statement. "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."

The issue has several different covers, each depicting a different health care worker or Ebola survivor.

Other people on Time's shortlist included Taylor Swift and the protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

What do you think of Time's choice?

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