Biden to discuss JFK’s lunar speech in fight against cancer

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden will refer to John F. Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech on sending an American to the moon next week when he outlines his government’s goal of halving cancer deaths, announced the White House on Wednesday.

Biden will mark the 60th anniversary of JFK’s “Moonshot” speech with an event at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston “to deliver remarks on the Cancer Moonshot and the goal of ending cancer as we know it.” , the White House said. .

While Kennedy used his speech to announce the program that finally put a human on the moon for the first time in 1969, Biden will discuss what he calls the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which aims to halve cancer rates. cancer mortality over the next 25 years.

Caroline Kennedy, US ambassador to Australia and daughter of slain JFK, told CNN she approves of the parallels drawn by Biden in the fight to conquer space and the deadly disease.

“Sixty years after my father challenged Americans to land on the moon, President Biden welcomes great challenges as new opportunities by setting us on a bold path to end cancer as we know it,” said she declared.

Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 when Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president.

The following year, Obama asked Biden to lead the Cancer Moonshot plan. In February this year, Biden relaunched the program, which aims to provide government funding and support for everything from medical research to improving access to health care and better environmental conditions.

Biden’s focus on fighting cancer comes as NASA once again seeks to return to the Moon.

Two attempts to launch the agency’s massive Artemis 1 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida were aborted last week due to fuel leak concerns. The next possible launch window is between September 19 and October 4.

The rocket is to carry an empty capsule on a test flight before a possible crewed mission to the lunar surface.