The AACR and the Biden Administration

On January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. The AACR has worked with Mr. Biden since 2016, when during his term as Vice President he was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to lead the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Vice President Biden addressed attendees at the AACR Annual Meeting that year, and he returned to the Annual Meeting again in 2017. The AACR will continue to work with the Biden-Harris administration during their term to advance progress for cancer patients. A summary of the AACR’s interactions with the administration is provided below.

February 7, 2023: State of the Union

The AACR notes in a statement that it looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to make faster progress against cancer so that we might achieve the goal that President Biden reiterated during his speech to cut cancer mortality in half in the next 25 years

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March 31, 2022: AACR Statement on President’s Budget Proposal

The AACR supports the budget for FY 2023, which includes several notable proposals to achieve the goal of the reignited Cancer Moonshot to reduce cancer mortality by 50 percent over the next 25 years.

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March 1, 2022: State of the Union

The AACR applauds President Biden’s address, which highlighted notable initiatives that would spur innovation and advance cancer research and patient care.

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February 2, 2022: Reigniting the Cancer Moonshot

In a White House briefing attended by AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), President Biden announced a goal of reducing the death rate from cancer by 50 percent during the next 25 years.

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September 15, 2021: AACR Members Appointed to NCAB

Five of the seven presidential appointees to the National Cancer Advisory Board were AACR members, including John D. Carpten, PhD, FAACR who will serve as chair.

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May 25, 2021: Biden Commemorates National Cancer Research Month

A letter from the White House affirmed his support for lifesaving cancer research.

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February 16, 2021: Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines

More than 130 organizations joined the AACR in signing a letter to President Biden requesting that cancer patients and survivors recieve priority access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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From the AACR Blog

A Productive Relationship

January 29, 2021

The AACR has worked with President Biden since 2016 to advance cancer research.

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The Biden White House and Cancer Research Funding

January 20, 2021
On Inauguration Day, the AACR journal Cancer Discovery asked prominent scientists how the Biden administration might approach cancer research funding and patient care.

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Community Education with Dr. Jill Biden

September 25, 2018
Before becoming the First Lady, Dr. Biden joined the AACR for “Progress and Promise Against Cancer,” a community education event in the AACR’s home city of Philadelphia.

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