Biden to relaunch White House ‘Cancer Moonshot’ initiative to halve cancer deaths by 2047


Biden is expected to set a series of goals in remarks from the East Room of the White House, including reducing the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years and improving the experience of those living with it. cancer and who survive it, with the ultimate goal of “ending cancer as we know it today,” according to a White House fact sheet shared with CNN on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s announcement will not include any new funding. In December 2016, Congress authorized $1.8 billion to fund the Cancer Moonshot over a seven-year period, with $400 million in funding still authorized for 2022 and 2023.

In a 2016 presidential memorandum, then-President Barack Obama tasked then-Vice President Biden with leading the White House Task Force to Cure Cancer. At the time, Biden promised that while he was “not naive about the challenges ahead,
he had “never been so optimistic that we can do great things”.
“I know we can do it. I really believe in it,” Biden wrote at the time. “And I want you to know that I’m going to be focusing the rest of my time at the office – and the rest of my life – on this effort.”
In 2015, Beau Biden, the president’s eldest son and former Delaware attorney general, died at age 46 after battling brain cancer. Shyamala Gopalan, the mother of Vice President Kamala Harris, was a breast cancer researcher who died of colon cancer in 2009.

The president is expected to appoint Dr. Danielle Carnival, who works in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as the White House Cancer Moonshot Coordinator. He is also set to announce the formation of a “Cancer Cabinet”, with representatives from the departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Defense, Energy and Agriculture. , as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and others throughout the executive branch.

Additionally, the White House will host a Cancer Moonshot Summit, “bringing together leaders from agencies, patient organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, the research, public health and healthcare communities and more to highlight innovation, progress and new commitments towards ending cancer as we know it” and launch a website where American can track the initiative’s mission progress.

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are also expected to issue a call to action on cancer screenings “to jump-start progress on screenings that have been missed as a result of the pandemic, and help ensure that everyone in the States United benefits equally from the tools we have to prevent, detect and diagnose cancer.”

A senior administration official told reporters on a Tuesday call ahead of the president’s announcement that the success in the program’s first five years has allowed the administration to set “really ambitious goals” for go forward.

The official also cited medical advances made in the fight against Covid-19, including research into mRNA vaccines, as areas with great potential to fight cancer.

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