The text of Vice President Joe Biden’s Jan. 19 remarks at a World Economic Forum meeting of international cancer experts in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, follows:
Almost everyone in the world, as you all know, has a family member who’s had cancer. Every year, around the world, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 8 million people succumb to it, die, from cancer.
And like many of you, I have experienced in my family the dreaded C-word that I think is the most frightening word that most people—as these docs and scientists can tell you—that anyone wants to hear walking out of a doctor’s office.
When I decided not to seek the nomination of my party, the president and I walked out in the Rose Garden to make the announcement and I said—it was almost spontaneous—that had I run, I would’ve liked to have been the president that literally changed the face of cancer. I realize there have been many moonshots, there has been a lot of talk about it, but the truth of the matter is that I said I believed we need a moonshot in this country, an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it.