- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden stopped on Friday at the University of Vermont, where he told cancer doctors, researchers and survivors great strides have been made against cancer but more needs to be done, especially the wider sharing of information between experts and those seeking treatment.

And he said he was hoping for the day when young people will be able to be vaccinated against cancer.

“We are on the cusp of breakthroughs that are breathtaking,” Biden said as part of his continuing tour of the country to promote the cancer moonshot program he leads.

Before attending the meeting at the university, Biden joined Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy; his wife, Marcelle Leahy; and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter for breakfast at a downtown restaurant.

Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the U.S. Senate, is seeking re-election. Minter is seeking to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is not seeking re-election this year.

Biden heads a White House task force that aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and treatment, accomplishing what could be achieved in 10 years in five.

During his appearance in Burlington, Biden said the cancer moonshot effort he leads is trying to infuse the cancer research world “with the urgency of now.”

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