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Biden leaves White House for Boston to tout plan to cut cancer deaths in half

Joe Biden has left the White House to move to Boston to achieve his goal of halving cancer deaths over the next 25 years.

The president called his speech the “Cancer Moonshot” and linked it to the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech on space travel.

He issued an executive order to boost the US biotech sector as part of the initiative, which calls on the national effort to land a man on the moon.

The Democrat was in Boston for a speech deliberately set up to repeat John F. Kennedy’s famous 1962 “Moonshot Speech,” in which he called for an American to land on the lunar surface — something that was announced in 1969. reaches.

This time, Biden is pushing for government-backed efforts to coordinate and fund a multi-layered fight against cancer, with the goal of halving the cancer death rate in the next 25 years.

President Joe Biden heads to Boston to achieve his goal of halving cancer deaths in the next 25 years with his 'Cancer Moonshot'

President Joe Biden heads to Boston to achieve his goal of halving cancer deaths in the next 25 years with his ‘Cancer Moonshot’

When he left Washington, Biden issued an order intended to bolster the U.S. biotech sector’s pioneering efforts to tackle growing commercial rivals in China.

The order brings federal support to “areas that will define U.S. biotech leadership and our economic competitiveness in the decades to come,” a senior Biden administration official told reporters.

The official said that while US biotech research leads the world, its industrial applications are increasingly in the hands of other countries.

“Unless we translate biotech innovation into economic and societal benefits for all Americans, other countries, including and especially China, are investing aggressively in this sector,” posing a “risk,” the official said.

The White House says the U.S. biotech industry is on the cutting edge of medical advances — most recently seen in the rapid development of vaccines, tests and therapies to help contain the Covid-19 pandemic — but its potential scope goes much further.

President Biden will speak at the Kennedy Library on the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's famous speech on space travel

President Biden will speak at the Kennedy Library on the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech on space travel

The official speaking to reporters cited studies suggesting that “engineering biology has the potential to be used in manufacturing industries that account for more than a third of global production before the end of the decade.” That equates to nearly $30 trillion in value terms.”

Growth areas for the biotech industry include new plastics and rubbers, jet fuel and environmentally friendly fertilizers.

The fight against cancer is personal to Biden: His son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 when Biden was vice president to Barack Obama.

In his speech at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Biden will outline how his administration is trying to lower cancer rates through a systematic renewal of government funding and support for everything from medical research to improving access to health care. and a better environment. condition.

Linking to the Moon program will seek to raise public awareness and support in the run-up to the congressional midterm elections, where Democrats face the possibility of a Republican victory in Congress, something the next two years of Biden’s first term of office seriously.

Caroline Kennedy, the US ambassador to Australia and daughter of the assassinated JFK, told CNN she endorsed the parallels drawn by Biden in the fight to overcome the deadly disease.

“Sixty years after my father challenged Americans to land on the moon, President Biden welcomes great challenges as new opportunities by setting us on a bold course to end cancer as we know it,” she said.

Biden’s focus on the fight against cancer comes as NASA is once again looking to return to the moon.

Biden appoints Dr.  Renee Wegrzyn to First Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

Biden appoints Dr. Renee Wegrzyn to First Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

Biden will also be Dr. Renee Wegrzyn, a longtime science consultant and most recently employed by the biotech company Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings Inc, as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, a US government-run biomedical research group.

At Ginkgo, Wegrzyn worked on applying synthetic biology to transcend infectious diseases – including COVID-19 – through large-scale biomanufacturing, vaccine innovation and biosurveillance of pathogens.

She also worked with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

Biden’s speech will be on the 60th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Moonshot address at Rice University.

In that now famous speech, Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are difficult, because that purpose will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one we’re willing to accept, one we don’t want to put off, and one we intend to win, and the others too.”

John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’ Speech Launched His Goal Of Putting A Man On The Moon

In his “Moonshot” address on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy characterized space as a new frontier.

He made his comments when the Soviet Union defeated America in the space race, while cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin circled Earth and landed safely.

Kennedy used the speech to outline his goal of landing a man on the moon before 1970. But he also used his comments to evoke America’s pioneering spirit, along with a sense of urgency and destiny.

He traveled to Houston, Texas, the site of NASA’s Mission Control, to be briefed on the possibility of his target. He then spoke to about 40,000 people at Rice University’s Rice Stadium.

President John F. Kennedy in his Moonshot Address at Rice University

President John F. Kennedy in his Moonshot Address at Rice University

The middle portion of the speech is best remembered and quoted:

We are sailing on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained and new rights to be won, and these are to be won and used for the advancement of all people. Because space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States takes a leading position can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of ​​peace or a new terrifying battleground. I am not saying that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space, any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I am saying that space can be explored and mastered without the fire of to feed the war, without repeating the mistakes man has made in spreading his command over this globe of ours.

There is no battle, no prejudice, no national conflict in space yet. The dangers are hostile to all of us. His conquest deserves the best of all humanity, and the chance for peaceful cooperation may never return. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may wonder, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly over the Atlantic Ocean? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon… We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are difficult; because that purpose will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one we’re willing to take on, one we don’t want to put off, and one we intend to win, and the others too.

Kennedy was commended for using the speech to emphasize what is best in America and to provide a vibrant, optimistic view of the future.

John Kennedy's goal of putting a man on the moon was achieved - posthumously - in July 1969, with the successful Apollo 11 mission;  above astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks on the lunar surface

John Kennedy’s goal of putting a man on the moon was achieved – posthumously – in July 1969, with the successful Apollo 11 mission; above astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks on the lunar surface

Kennedy’s goal of putting a man on the moon was achieved – posthumously – in July 1969 with the successful Apollo 11 mission of the Apollo program.

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