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Former presidents, excluding Trump, tout vaccines in new ads

All of the nation's former living presidents are appearing in new ads this week encouraging Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccines — except for former President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE.

In a one-minute spot released by the Ad Council on Wednesday, former Presidents Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterWhy Cheney was toppled, and what it says about the GOP and Trump's claims Pollsters trade group: Biden-Trump surveys most inaccurate in 40 years Obama calls on governments to 'do their part' in increasing global vaccine supply MORE, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama calls on governments to 'do their part' in increasing global vaccine supply China's emissions now eclipse the developed world — preventing climate protection Trump endorses Glenn Youngkin in Virginia governors race MORE, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 Obama shares video of him visiting Maryland vaccination site GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE called on U.S. residents to get inoculations when they can in an effort to end the coronavirus pandemic. 

“This vaccine means hope. It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease,” Obama said in the ad, titled “It’s Up To You.”

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The clip shows photos of all four of the former presidents and their spouses  former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE, Laura Bush and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama describes Barack's favorite movies: 'Everybody is sad, then they die' Michelle Obama on coping with low-grade depression: 'Nobody rides life on a high' Sarah Silverman urges Congress to pass voting bill: 'What kind of politician wants to keep people from voting?' MORE — receiving vaccines.

Some of the former presidents also shared what they are looking forward to once the pandemic ends in the ad.

Clinton said he is anticipating going “back to work” and being “able to move around,” while Obama said he wants to see Michelle Obama’s mother and “hug her and see her on her birthday.” 

Bush shared that he wants to go “to opening day at Texas Rangers Stadium with a full stadium.”

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“We’ve lost enough people, and we’ve suffered enough damage,” Clinton said in the ad.

In a second ad released Wednesday, Clinton, Bush and Obama again called on Americans to get vaccinated, calling vaccines the “first step to ending the pandemic and moving our country forward.”

“The science is clear,” Bush said in the Wednesday video. “These vaccines will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease.” 

“They could save your life,” Clinton added.

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Former President Trump did not appear in either of the public service announcements. The efforts to film the ads started in December, when Trump remained in office, The Washington Post reported, citing Ben Dorf, a vice president at the Ad Council.

Some of the ads were also filmed at President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE’s inauguration. Trump did not attend the January event. 

Approximately 62.5 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday morning.