US President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have been chosen as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 2020.
The Democratic pair beat three other finalists: frontline healthcare workers and Dr Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement, and outgoing US President Donald Trump.
Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote “For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.”
Last year the publication expanded its range to include such categories as a Businessperson of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Athlete of the Year and the Guardians of the Year.
Guardians of the Year:
Dr Anthony Fauci, a key member of the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force
Time wrote “On the front line against Covide-19, the world’s health care workers displayed the best of humanity – selflessness, compassion, stamina, courage – while protecting as much of it as they could.”
Porche Bennett-Bey, Assa Traoré, and racial-justice organisers “When George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May, it was proof – if anyone needed it – that Black lives are still not treated as equal in America.”
Businessperson of the Year: Zoom’s founder and CEO Eric S. Yuan.
Athlete of the Year: LeBron James, US basketball star
Entertainer of the Year: South Korean pop group BTS