Vice President Joe Biden says he'll spend his final year in the White House working to double the rate of progress toward a cancer cure.
President Barack Obama tasked Biden with the mission in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Biden says the goal is to make a decade's worth of advances in five years.
"Let’s make America the country that cures cancer, once and for all," Obama said at the State of the Union, earning a round of applause.
Biden says in a blog post that he'll work to do two things: increase public and private resources to fight cancer, and break down barriers to collaboration and information-sharing by researchers. He says the federal government will use funding incentives and increased coordination to accelerate research. He wants more sharing of medical and research data.
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Biden says it's personal. His 46-year-old son died last year from brain cancer. Biden announced months later that he wouldn't run for president but would launch a "moonshot" to cure cancer. This is the first time he's laying out how he'll pursue that goal.