“Ebola is a war, and a warning,” Time editor Nancy Gibbs writes in announcing the magazine’s choice for most influential newsmaker of 2014. “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. The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight.”
The hardworking doctors and nurses putting their health on the line to fight Ebola in W Africa are truly selfless heroes.
The Ebola caregivers were selected over other influential newsmakers on Time’s shortlist, including Taylor Swift, the Ferguson protesters and Vladimir Putin.
Pope Francis received the title in 2013.
The magazine’s readers voted for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to receive the title, but the Time editors’ decision is based on their view of “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”