Who Will Win Time Person of the Year For 2021?

Who Will Win Time Person of the Year For 2021?
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Betting on the 2021 Time Person of the Year is in full swing – and the best betting sites believe the award is destined to go to a group or organisation, rather than an individual.

In a year where the coronavirus has dominated global politics, it appears as though healthcare workers – whether they be nurses in hospitals or essential workers – will win the prestigious award, which will be announced on December 13.

2021 has been a testing year for everyone. Shocks to national healthcare systems, large-scale lockdowns and the trauma of people losing family members to the disease has been felt across the world.

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Given the impact of COVID-19 this calendar year, it is perhaps no wonder that Doctors, Nurses, First Responders and Essential Workers are the favourites to be named Time Person of the Year for 2021.

With odds of 4/9 widely available on political betting sites, this group of health professionals has a 69.2% chance of winning the award.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) could instead earn the gong following its role in getting vaccines to less affluent areas across the globe.

2021 Time Person of the Year Betting

Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, Essential Workers4/969.2%Betfair
WHO7/222.2%Paddy Power
Joe Biden7/112.5%Betfair
Anthony Fauci15/211.8%Paddy Power
Kamala Harris11/18.3%Betfair
Black Lives Matter12/17.7%Paddy Power
Alexei Navalny14/16.7%Betfair
Journalists14/16.7%Paddy Power
Climate Activists14/16.7%Betfair

There is logic behind the bookies pricing two groups, rather than individuals, as favourites for the award.

Groups have increasingly become recognised by Time Magazine for their influential work across the globe, with groups such as those who spoke out against secular abuse (2017), journalists facing persecution (2018) and internet ‘content creators’ (2006) earning the award.

Individuals are still recognised, of course. Last year newly-elected president Joe Biden was named Time Person of the Year, along with his VP Kamala Harris. Four years prior Donald Trump got his face on the magazine’s front page.

Biden supposedly has an 12.5% chance of winning this award in 2021 but it appears unlikely following America’s disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan this summer, which has severely impacted on his approval ratings.

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Of course, the Time Person of the Year award is handed to someone who "for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year".

Biden and Harris have certainly done that, but it’s likely that coronavirus – and in particular the vaccine drive – will dominate the 2021 award. Epidemiologists as a group are also in the running, believe the bookies, as are journalists.

Perhaps more likely for an American magazine such as Time is to name US immunologist and chief medical advisor to the president, Anthony Fauci, as the winner for 2021.

Mr Fauci has withstood a barrage of criticism from right-wing media – and in particular Donald Trump – over his advice on tackling the coronavirus pandemic in America. And like him or loathe him, he certainly fits Time’s criteria.