Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade. Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control. For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.
Immediately after the speech, VP Biden gave us some more details about his “moonshot to cure cancer.”
Over the course of the past few months, I’ve met with nearly 200 of the world’s top cancer physicians, researchers, and philanthropists.
And the goal of this initiative – this Moonshot – is to seize this moment. To accelerate our efforts to progress towards a cure, and to unleash new discoveries and breakthroughs for other deadly diseases…
So I plan to do two things.
1.) Increase resources – both private and public – to fight cancer.
2.) Break down silos and bring all the cancer fighters together – to work together, share information, and end cancer as we know it…
Fifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint session of Congress and said, “I believe we should go to the moon.”
It was a call to humankind.
And it inspired a generation of Americans – my generation – in pursuit of science and innovation, where they literally pushed the boundaries of what was possible.
This is our moonshot.
It takes a certain amount of courage to shoot for the moon. The naysayers could have a field day with that one. But I’d challenge you to find a Trump, Cruz, Clinton or Sanders supporter who hasn’t been touched by the pain of a cancer diagnosis – either themselves or someone they love. If there is a mission every American should be able to rally around, it is this one. And who knows that better than Vice President Biden after the very recent death of his son Beau to this disease?
So I say, “Go for it, Joe!”