October 3, 2022
Joe Biden urges national unity in speech on new ‘cancer moonshot’

President Joe Biden on Monday urged the nation to come together to fight cancer, the second most common cause of death in America, during a passionate speech marking the renewal of his “cancer moonshot.”

Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston 60 years after the building was named, Biden appealed to Americans across political lines, saying the nation was ready to end the disease “as we know.”

The president harkens back to the Kennedy era, drawing comparisons between the space race and the Americans’ attempt to make a final trip to the Moon.

“I believe that we can initiate the same reluctance to postpone, the same national purpose that will serve to activate and measure our best skills, to end cancer as we know it. , and will even cure cancer once and for all,” he said. ,

The effort aims to reduce US cancer deaths by 50% over the next quarter century and see many more cancers become chronic conditions that are treatable rather than fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is expected to kill more than 609,000 Americans in 2022, a toll exceeded only by deaths from heart disease.

Biden said the plan was “bold, ambitious and, might I add, completely doable”, pointing to the promise of current technology and medical advances.

Biden said, “This cancer moonlight is one of the reasons I ran for president.” Cancer doesn’t discriminate between red and blue. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat. Defeating cancer is something we can do together.”

Biden announced Dr. Renee Wegrzyn on Monday as the inaugural director of a new branch of government, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H. The president said the body would lead the nation’s efforts in health and biomedical research and “further breakthroughs to prevent, detect and treat diseases” including cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Biden said he would sign a new executive order to ensure that such treatments are manufactured in the US, an effort he said would help the country “lead the world in biotechnology and biomanufacture, creating jobs.” and will enable the supply chain to be strengthened.”

“It’s not enough to invent technology that saves lives,” Biden said. “We need to build advanced biotechnology here in the United States.”

Cancer Moon was first announced in February, and Biden has long urged the nation to come together to eradicate or reduce the burden of the disease.

In 2015, the president’s son Beau Biden died of brain cancer.

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