Biden outlines progress in “moonshot” for cancer cure


BOSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is outlining progress in the White House’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to find a cure for cancer.

Biden spoke Wednesday to hundreds of health care professionals and researchers gathered at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston.

He said the Obama administration is encouraging cancer researchers to share more information among each other. Biden said the administration also is trying to speed up the federal drug approval process and make it easier for cancer patients to participate in clinical trials.

He said the country is “on the cusp of enormous progress” in cancer research but added that more investment is needed.

Biden chairs a task force formed earlier this year that aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and treatment.

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