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Joe Biden: ‘Cancer moonshot’ an opportunity for Americans to rally around shared purpose

President Biden on Monday touted his imaginative and prescient for significantly decreasing most cancers deaths as a nationwide trigger that might encourage divided Americans to rally around a standard purpose.

Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston on the sixtieth anniversary of Kennedy’s “moonshot” speech, Mr. Biden mentioned the U.S. stands at an “inflection point” related to the one the nation confronted below the Kennedy administration in 1962.

“President Kennedy set a goal to win the space race against Russia, to advance science and technology for all of humanity,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “When he set that purpose, he established a nationwide purpose that might rally the American individuals to the widespread trigger. And he succeeded.

“Now in our time, on the 60th anniversary of his clarion call, we face another inflection point, and together, we can choose to move forward with unity, hope and optimism,” he mentioned.

Cancer analysis is personal to Mr. Biden. His son Beau died from an aggressive type of brain most cancers in 2015.

Mr. Biden relaunched his most cancers initiative, which he started as vp in 2016, in February.

He’s known as for an finish to “cancer as we know it today” and a discount of at the least 50% within the age-adjusted dying rate from most cancers over the subsequent 25 years.

On Monday, Mr. Biden appointed Dr. Renee Wegrzyn to lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, an company envisioned as a part of a brand new “moonshot” initiative to velocity authorities analysis aimed toward bettering the flexibility to forestall, detect and deal with a variety of illnesses together with most cancers.

Mr. Biden mentioned Dr. Wegrzyn labored at two establishments that impressed the creation of ARPA-H, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. 

She is a vp of business improvement at Ginkgo Bioworks and head of innovation at Concentric by Ginkgo, the place she makes a speciality of utilizing artificial biology to fight illnesses.

Mr. Biden additionally unveiled an govt order aimed toward boosting home biotechnology capabilities and decreasing U.S. reliance on international biomanufacturing.

“It’s not enough to invent technologies to save lives,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “We need to manufacture advanced biotechnologies here in the United States.”

The order will assist safe U.S. management within the improvement and manufacturing of key applied sciences utilized in merchandise starting from jet fuels to prescribed drugs, he mentioned.

“Today’s action is going to ensure that America leads the world in biotechnology and biomanufacturing — creating jobs, reducing prices, strengthening supply chains, so we don’t rely on anywhere else in the world,” he mentioned. “Here in America, it will be made.”

Mr. Biden additionally touted his signature tax and local weather invoice, which incorporates provisions that may minimize prescription prices for most cancers sufferers.

“The Inflation Reduction Act is a godsend,” he mentioned. “It will save people on one prostate cancer drug about $6,000 a year. Thousands of women are taking breast cancer treatments, they will see about a $7,000 a year savings.”

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans mentioned the price-negotiation side of Mr. Biden’s signature invoice will likely be self-defeating as drugmakers reply to the specter of government-mandated costs.

“Unfortunately, President Biden’s socialist price controls for prescription drugs will jeopardize this leadership and his own cancer moonshot goals,” mentioned Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Brett Guthrie of Kentucky. “The socialist scheme he signed into law last month will increase drug costs when they launch, make America more reliant on China’s drug development and manufacturing supply chains, and lead to fewer cures. If we are to end cancer as we know it, one fewer cure or treatment is one too many.”

Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.

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