Biden says once he defeats COVID, cancer is next

拜登总统 said Friday that ending cancer will be his next big scientific endeavor after overcoming the 新冠病毒 大流行.

I want you to know that once we beat COVID, we’re gonna do everything we can to end cancer as we know it,” Biden said in Michigan after touring a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant.

Biden was in charge of President Obama’sCancer Moonshootinitiative launched in 2016 至 double the rate of progress toward a cure. The priority is personal to Biden, who lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015. 他是 46.

President Joe Biden walks with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, 对, 密西根州政府. 格雷琴·惠特默, second from right, and Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as he tours of a Pfizer manufacturing site, 星期五, 二月. 19, 2021, in Portage, 我. (美联社照片/ Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden walks with Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO, 对, 密西根州政府. 格雷琴·惠特默, second from right, and Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as he tours of a Pfizer manufacturing site, 星期五, 二月. 19, 2021, in Portage, 我. (美联社照片/ Evan Vucci) (美联社)

Biden drew parallels between fighting the pandemic and taking on cancer, the second-leading cause of death in America behind heart disease.

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This is a case of life and death,” 拜登说. “We’re talking about people’s lives.

He mentioned his January nomination of Eric Lander as Presidential Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a Cabinet-level assignment. He praised Lander asa renowned Harvard, MIT scientistand said he’ll help bring together the country’s top scientists to conduct advanced research on cancer and other diseases.

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This administration is going to be guided by science to save lives and to make life better,” 拜登说.

Biden’s comments came as he visited the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant outside of Kalamazoo and touted progress his administration has made in speeding up the distribution of the shots.

I can’t give you a date when this crisis will end,” 拜登说. “But I can tell you we are doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later.

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