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PHILADELPHIA – Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot is starting to take shape.

President Obama will soon order an executive action creating a task force, led by Biden and putting every agency in the federal government at his disposal, the vice president said Friday at the University of Pennsylvania. It was the first public event Biden has held since Obama announced a national commitment to end cancer in his State of the Union address and placed Biden in charge.


“We can change the life circumstances of millions of people around the world,” Biden said, pounding the table. He was joined by some of Penn Medicine’s leading cancer researchers in a small room at the school’s huge medical complex. “This is the place the United States can make a contribution that exceeds anything we’ve done so far for humanity.”

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