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U.S. Vice President Biden, Pope Francis Urge More Investment In Cancer Research, Care During Vatican Conference

Bloomberg: Joe Biden Looks for Pope’s Help on Cancer After Son’s Death
“…On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden sought a lift from Pope Francis for the White House’s ‘moonshot’ effort to cure cancer. Speaking at a Vatican conference on regenerative medicine, Biden asked foreign governments and pharmaceutical companies to join a U.S. endeavor to share data and resources to speed the development of new cancer treatments…” (Sink, 4/29).

Reuters: Biden gets papal blessing for his global war on cancer
“U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took his crusade against cancer to the Vatican on Friday and heard Pope Francis call for an ‘economic paradigm shift’ where medical research is dictated by need rather than profit. … In his address, Francis called on the scientific community to pay more attention to people afflicted with rare conditions, saying these patients often did not receive enough notice because the potential economic returns were deemed insufficient…” (Pullella/Rampton, 4/29).

Roll Call: Biden Gets Pope’s Support for Cancer ‘Moonshot’
“…But hurdles abound in herding so many public and private-sector entities, all which have divergent research and profit motives. And it is unclear whether even the help of one of the world’s most influential and beloved religious leaders will bring all the parties Biden is courting to the table…” (Bennett, 4/29).

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