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Denzel Washington has COVID-19. 

The 67-year-old Academy Award-winning actor was noticeably missing from the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House on Thursday, where he was one of 17 people being honored because he contracted coronavirus. 

A rep for the legendary actor said although he was forced to miss the ceremony, “he feels fine.” 

Denzel tested positive for COVID and so he was unfortunately unable to attend the Medal of Freedom award ceremony.

He feels fine.

At Thursday’s ceremony, President Joe Biden referred to Denzel as “a man who couldn’t be here today but wanted to be.”

He also noted that Denzel Washington, who was being recognized for his long career as an actor and for serving as the national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 25 years, would be honored at a later date. 

The White House announced Denzel as one of the 2022 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients along with Simone Biles, Gabrielle Giffords, and Megan Rapinoe.

Steve Jobs and John McCain received posthumous awards. 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the United State and is given to those “who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors.”

Denzel Washington is a two-time Academy Award winner (Training Day and Glory) and he is the most-nominated Black actor with 10 nominations to date.

Please join me in wishing Denzel a speedy recovery and congratulating him on his latest honor. 

Source: People