“We are trying to build a new momentum,” Biden said. “A new sense of urgency—a new attitude towards being able to do what I set out to do.”
By Joshua Ramirez
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Vice President Joe Biden made his largest push Wednesday for his Cancer Moonshot initiative, gathering 6,000 individuals across 270 separate events around the U.S. and territories with the goal of establishing practices that will make cancer a thing of the past.
Government agencies, academic researchers, cancer advocacy groups and companies met, marking the first time a group this big and diverse has ever met under the government’s lead.
They pledged monetary support and cooperation to achieve the goal of doubling the rate of progress in the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer.
“We are trying to build a new momentum,” Biden said Wednesday at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. “A new sense of urgency—a new attitude towards being able to do what I set out to do.”
Biden lost his son Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III to brain cancer in May of last year. He said his experience is similar to that of millions of Americans, noting that about 14 million people around the world are diagnosed with cancer annually.
With a significant number of those people dying after diagnosis, Biden said he does not want to waste any more time or people.
“There is an urgency in everything we are doing here,” Biden said. “Because these folks are not statistics—they are our families, our sons, our daughters, our husbands, wives.”
Biden said that just one person, organization or even one collective approach cannot achieve the Cancer Moonshot. He said curing 200 distinct types of cancers is going to call for new alliances and challenge innovation.
“Accelerate in a real way, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and ultimately a cure,” Biden said. “The goal of the Moonshot is to cease this moment, accelerate our efforts and literally push the boundaries of what is possible.”
The Cancer Moonshot Summit recently announced a variety of new organizational structure initiatives to expand researchers’ access to potentially cancer curing agents and approved drugs to increase the number of research trials.
“Right now, only four percent of the public are able to get in a trial,” Biden said, “We want to make that much more accessible.”
Biden said that even with his experience of losing his son, Beau, he realized in the last five years that “we are in a new place in research, development, science and technology.”
He said that today disciplines are working together that have never worked together before. From data scientists to engineers to oncologists, citing that that is what Moonshot is all about.