Biden’s Cancer Task Force Holds First Meeting at White House

Vice President Joe Biden today led a closed-doors meeting of the cancer task force appointed by President Obama, marking the panel’s first meeting since the “moonshot” initiative was announced at the State of the Union.

Biden was joined by the heads of 13 federal agencies, including Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and Douglas Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute. The two joined Biden in a Twitter Q&A after Monday’s meeting.

The three answered questions and shared broad details about the plan, which Biden outlined in a Medium post last week. The White House also issued a fact sheet about the task force Monday, hours after announcing it would propose $755 million in mandatory funds for cancer-related research at both the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration in its budget proposal expected out next week.