Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Rapinoe

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WASHINGTON  — The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate.

Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York nurse who rolled up her sleeve on live television in December 2020 to receive the first COVID-19 vaccination that was administered in the U.S.

Other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom are gun safety advocate Gabrielle Giffords, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and U.S. women’s national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe.

Here is the full list of recipients announced by The White House Friday.

  • Simone Biles
  • Sister Simone Campbell
  • Julieta García
  • Gabrielle Giffords
  • Fred Gray
  • Steve Jobs
  • Father Alexander Karloutsos
  • Khizr Khan
  • Sandra Lindsay
  • John McCain 
  • Diane Nash
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Alan Simpson
  • Richard Trumka
  • Wilma Vaught
  • Denzel Washington
  • Raúl Yzaguirre

Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

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