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The brave men and women on the ground combating the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and worldwide have been named TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year in 2014. Named the “Ebola Fighters” by TIME, the announcement was made Wednesday (Dec. 10) morning.

TIME‘s managing editor Nancy Gibbs was on NBC’s Today show this morning where she named the Ebola Fighters as the recipient of the prestigious award. Earlier this week, Gibbs revealed the last eight candidates as a guest on the program.

Huffington Post has more:

“These men and women did the hard and dangerous work in treating patients and protecting the rest of us,” Gibbs told Matt Lauer. She applauded the fighters for demonstrating an “exceptionally great amount of courage and kindness and bravery.”

The caregivers featured on the cover include two doctors, a nurse, an ambulance driver and a health care worker.

Other finalists this year included Russian President Vladimir Putin, singer Taylor Swift, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Apple CEO Tim Cook and President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq Massoud Barzani. The magazine also considered larger news stories, including the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The Person Of The Year issue has five separate covers, which TIME tweeted a photo of shortly after the announcement.

Read the TIME Magazine Ebola Fighters Person Of The Year 2014 issue here.

Photo: Time

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