As the disease rages on in West Africa, the doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and first responders have played and continue play an integral role in fighting the disease at its source, working to stop an epidemic in an era of globalization. To date there have been more than 17,000 Ebola cases in this outbreak, leading to more than 6,000 deaths.
On Wednesday, Time revealed multiple versions of the cover on TODAY — each highlighting a different Ebola fighter to represent the group. Among those featured on the covers: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, nurse aide and survivor Salome Karwah, MSF volunteer health promoter Ella Watson-Stryker, and ambulance team supervisor and survivor Foday Galla.
The Ebola caregivers were selected over other influential newsmakers on Time's shortlist, including Taylor Swift, the Ferguson protesters and Vladimir Putin.
TODAY viewers shared Time's sentiment, voting for the Ebola caregivers by a large margin via "likes" on TODAY's Facebook page.
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—By Matt Murray, TODAY.com/money.
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