Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named ‘Person of the Year’ by Time magazine

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named 2020’s Person of the Year by Time magazine.

US President-elect Joe Biden and his vice president-elect Kamala Harris have been selected the Time Person of the Year

The US President-elect and his running mate came out on top during a year that was characterised by a tough election lead-up and the coronavirus pandemic.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said “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”.

The pair defeated incumbent president Donald Trump to create history as the oldest elected president and the first black and first South Asian vice president-elect.

Time also named Zoom CEO, Eric Yuan, as Businessperson of the Year, while LeBron James is the Athlete of the Year.

Guardians of the Year were named as activists Assa Traoré, Porche Bennett-Bey and racial-justice organisers; frontline health workers fighting the pandemic; and Dr Anthony Fauci, who leads the American fight against the coronavirus.