US Vice President has urged soon-to-be President of the United States Donald Trump to continue the work of his Cancer Moonshot initiative.
Launched in January last year, the Cancer Moonshot initiative aims to accelerate cancer research in order to improve treatments, diagnosis and prevention of the disease.
However, with the imminent arrival of the Trump administration into the White House, what form the initiative will continue to exist in – or whether it will continue to exist at all – is unclear.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Biden said it was his “prayer” for the new President to be “committed and enthusiastic as we are in the goal of ending cancer.”
“… I know those in the private sector, philanthropy, at academic institutions and non-profit organisations are going to continue to work no matter what the next administration does,” said Biden. “There’s too much momentum here and this will include me as a private citizen.”
Biden described meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and making clear his willingness to work with the new government.
He also went on to praise the bipartisan support in Congress for the 21st Century Cures bill – a bill that, among other healthcare issues, aims to greatly improve medical research – that resulted in a $1.8 billion research funding influx for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. It also resulted in a $1.5 billion funding boost for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.
Biden’s final words were of encouragement for other countries to also invest in the goal of ending cancer, calling for better collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers and drug manufacturers.