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Get vaccinated, ex-presidents urge Americans

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Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton are posing for a picture: Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are seen together on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas © ALEX WONG Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are seen together on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas

All the surviving former US presidents except Donald Trump have teamed up in a video urging Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama -- and the former first ladies -- appear in the one-minute spot released Thursday, endorsing the US vaccination campaign and sharing what they miss about pre-pandemic life.

"This vaccine means hope," Obama says. "It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease."

Obama goes on to say he misses seeing former first lady Michelle Obama's 83-year-old mother Marian -- "to hug her and see her on her birthday."

"I want to go back to work and be able to move around," Clinton says in the ad.


Video: Former presidents come together to encourage vaccinations (MSNBC)

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Bush says he cannot wait to go see his baseball team, the Texas Rangers, play in a packed stadium.

"In order to get rid of this pandemic, it is important for our citizens to get vaccinated," Bush adds.

The video features stills of all eight former residents of the White House getting Covid shots.

Absent from it all are Trump and former first lady Melania. Trump was famously dismissive of the danger of the pandemic.

He and his wife got vaccinated in January before leaving the White House but this was not disclosed for weeks.

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