President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday establishing a White House Task Force on cancer, placing Vice President Joe Biden in charge.
The goal of the task force was to “put ourselves on a path to achieve in just five years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more,” according to the memorandum.
In a blog post on Medium, Biden said he doesn’t claim to be a cancer expert but does have experience bringing people together.
“This will be the first time this kind of group has met as a team, charged with this kind of goal,” Biden wrote.
“Right now, we’re on the cusp of incredible breakthroughs in both research and therapies … The task before us is to break through some of the barriers and do what we can to help speed up the progress, so that we can deliver treatments and increase access to these new approaches for millions more people.”
Biden, when he announced last year he wouldn’t run for president, called for a “moonshot” to cure cancer in the United States.
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