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Denzel Washington has COVID, skips Medal of Freedom ceremony

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Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Denzel Washington was not current for the ceremony Thursday on the White Home after testing optimistic for the coronavirus, a consultant for the actor confirmed to The Occasions.

Throughout the occasion attended by President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, the president stated the Oscar winner “couldn’t be right here right now however needed to be,” in accordance with CNN. He added that he would give Washington his award at a later date.

The “Fences” star was amongst 17 Individuals to obtain the nation’s highest civilian honor for the primary time since Biden took workplace. Amongst the other honorees had been skilled soccer participant Megan Rapinoe, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

Washington is considered one of quite a few leisure luminaries who’ve been awarded the Medal of Freedom through the years. He now joins the ranks of his friends Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier, Tom Hanks, Chita Rivera, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Cicely Tyson and extra.

Thursday’s ceremony comes shortly after the 67-year-old actor scored his ninth Oscar nomination for his main efficiency in “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

“I’m nearly performed with my 60s,” Washington told The Times just lately whereas reflecting on this section of his life and profession.

“You’re prepping for the fourth quarter … The one technique to get additional time is doing the work now,” he stated. “If life has 4 quarters — zero to twenty, 20 to 40, 40 to 60, 60 to 80 — you’re about to enter the fourth quarter. Something after 80 is additional time. …

“This can be a sliding scale now that I’ve handed 65. Let’s say, 65 to 85. However the precept stays: You put together for warfare in instances of peace.”