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President Biden’s Public Schedule for Monday, September 12th 2022:

8:30 AMOut-of-Town Pool Call Time
Joint Base Andrews Overhang Out-of-Town Pool
9:00 AMThe President receives the President’s Daily Briefing
The White House Closed Press
9:40 AMThe President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn Open Press
10:00 AMThe President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Boston, Massachusetts
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
10:30 AMPress Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Boston, Massachusetts
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
11:20 AMThe President arrives in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Logan International Airport Open Press
12:45 PMThe President delivers remarks highlighting how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already underway and delivering tangible results for communities across the country
Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal E Open Press
1:30 PMThe President departs Boston Logan International Airport en route John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal E Open Press
4:00 PMThe President delivers remarks on the Cancer Moonshot and the goal of ending cancer as we know it
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Pre-Credentialed Media and Pooled for TV
6:00 PMThe President participates in a reception for the Democratic National Committee
Boston, MA Restricted Out-of-Town Pool
7:10 PMThe President departs Boston, Massachusetts en route Joint Base Andrews
Boston Logan International Airport Open Press
8:35 PMThe President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews Out-of-Town Pool
9:05 PMThe President arrives at the White House
South Grounds

The White House posted the following fact-sheet: President Biden Details Cancer Moonshot Progress and New Initiatives on 60th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Moonshot Address

Sixty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy delivered his Moonshot speech at Rice University, committing to putting a man on the moon and bring him back. This afternoon at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, President Biden will discuss his bold vision for another American moonshot: ending cancer as we know it. It is a vision that will change people’s lives for the better, improve their health, and decrease the burden of the disease.

Cancer not only afflicts Democrats and Republicans, but all Americans. When we come together as a nation around ideas that unite us – like fighting cancer – we can show the world that anything is possible. The President has long believed that America can be defined with one word: possibilities. And the American people demonstrate every day what is possible.

When President Kennedy delivered his Moonshot speech, the United States had the building blocks to know what was possible. However, there were major scientific and societal advances that needed to happen. As a nation, we needed to fully commit to a future in which traveling to the moon was possible – and we did just that. 

Today, we have many of the building blocks needed to make significant progress combatting cancer, but we must come together to equitably deliver on this promise. 

President Biden will announce new actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to deliver on this mission for the American people, and discuss progress made to date, including:

White House.gov. 09/12/2022.

INAUGURAL ARPA-H DIRECTOR

In March, President Biden created the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to improve the U.S. government’s ability to speed health and biomedical research. Today, President Biden is announcing his intention to appoint Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as the inaugural director of the new agency.

Dr. Wegrzyn, a leading biomedical scientist with professional experience working for two of the institutions that inspired the creation of ARPA-H – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) – will deliver the strategy for the agency’s nascent research portfolio and inaugural budget.  

America has an extraordinary biomedical system that has delivered stunning advances previously seen as inconceivable – from COVID-19 vaccines to drugs that can eliminate certain cancers. Under Dr. Wegrzyn’s leadership, ARPA-H will support programs and projects that undertake challenges ranging from the molecular to the societal, with the potential to transform entire areas of medicine and health in order to prevent, detect, and treat some of the most complex diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer, providing benefits for all Americans.

White House.gov. 09/12/2022.

NATIONAL BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOMANUFACTURING INITIATIVE

Today, President Biden will sign an executive order that establishes the Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative to ensure cutting-edge biotechnologies necessary to end cancer as we know it and other innovations will be developed and manufactured in America. This will save lives, create jobs at home, build stronger supply chains, and lower prices for American families even in times of global turbulence.

Other countries are positioning themselves to become the world’s resource for biotechnology solutions and bio-manufactured products — this new initiative adds to President Biden’s economic plan to bring back manufacturing jobs to the United States. The United States has for too long relied heavily on foreign materials for bioproduction, and our past off-shoring of critical industries, including biotechnology, presents a threat to our ability to access key materials like including the active pharmaceutical ingredients for life-saving medications.

This initiative will grow the strength and diversity of domestic biomanufacturing capacity, expand market opportunities for bio-based products through the federal programs, drive research and development across all relevant agencies, streamline and harmonize appropriate regulation, and prioritize investments in applied biosafety research in biosecurity to reduce risk throughout research and development lifecycles. This initiative is rooted in the principles of equity, ethics, safety, and security that will help benefit all Americans and the global community, and maintain United States technological leadership and economic competitiveness.

White House.gov. 09/12/2022.

CANCER CABINET’S PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING CANCER AS WE KNOW IT

When the President and First Lady reignited the Cancer Moonshot seven months ago, the first-ever Cancer Cabinet was formed to mobilize all levers of the federal government and realize the President’s vision of ending cancer as we know it. In July 2022, the Cancer Cabinet unveiled priority actions to: (1) close the screening gap, (2) understand and address environmental exposure, (3) decrease the impact of preventable cancers, (4) bring cutting edge research through the pipeline to patients and communities, and (5) support patients and caregivers.

The Cancer Cabinet is announcing the following progress made towards reaching these goals:

White House.gov. 09/12/2022.
  • Inflation Reduction Act Lowers Costs of Prescription Drugs for Cancer Patients: Because President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act caps out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $2,000 per year for Medicare beneficiaries, tens of thousands of cancer patients could see their prescription drug costs go down by thousands annually. For example, in 2019, Zytiga, a drug used to treat prostate cancer, had an expected out-of-pocket cost of $8,181 per year, researchers found. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, seniors and other beneficiaries who use that drug could save over $6,000 each year. Moreover, the number of beneficiaries who benefit from the cap is likely to increase, since 30% of Medicare unsubsidized beneficiaries fail to fill prescriptions for cancer drugs when faced with such high costs, a recent study found.
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Launches Vanguard Study on Multi-Cancer Detection: As a central component of the Cancer Moonshot, the National Cancer Institute launched a large national trial that, if successful will identify effective blood tests for the detection of one or more cancers, providing the opportunity for additional, less-invasive tools for early detection. A new four-year pilot study will enroll 24,000 people ages 45 to 70 years to lay the groundwork for a large randomized controlled trial that will enroll 225,000 people. The studies will be funded in part by 21st Century Cures Act Cancer Moonshot funds and will begin enrolling in 2024. Grant opportunities studies have recently been opened with more to be released before the end of 2022.
  • Cancer Moonshot Scholars Program Now Accepts Applications from the Next Generation of Cancer Innovators: The National Cancer Institute has opened a brand-new early-career grant opportunity to invest in the next generation of innovative cancer researchers with a focus on developing a cancer research workforce that is more representative of the U.S. population. The goal of the Cancer Moonshot Scholars program is to inspire and support the next generation of world-class and diverse researchers focused on scientific breakthroughs that will make a difference for patients and drive progress toward the goal of ending cancer as we know it today. NCI expects to support cohorts of dozens of Cancer Moonshot Scholars in initial rounds, beginning in 2023 with project periods of up to five years.
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Issues Guidance to Make Federally-Funded Research Available: Recently, the Biden-Harris Administration updated U.S. policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. In a memorandum to federal departments and agencies, Dr. Alondra Nelson, the head of OSTP, delivered guidance for agencies to update their public access policies as soon as possible and no later than December 31, 2025 to make publications and research funded by taxpayers publicly accessible, without an embargo or cost. This updated guidance will affect the more than 200,000 federally-funded studies each year, delivering to all areas of scientific discovery what was already required of Cancer Moonshot grants from the National Cancer Institute as part of then-Vice President Biden’s vision for how to bring the benefits of federally-funded research to all Americans.
  • Department of Defense Creates Research Program to Understand Military Toxic Exposure: The Department of Defense’s Murtha Cancer Center Research Program has launched a new program with the goal of understanding the impact of service-related toxic exposure on the development of cancer in members of the military. PROMETHEUS, or the PROject for Military Exposures and Toxin History Evaluation in U.S. service members will bring together agency and private sector innovators to understand and address cancer in exposed service members. It brings together significant DoD capabilities including the DoD Serum Repository which contains blood samples for all service members; the Individual Longitudinal Exposure Record (ILER) which tracks toxin exposures; the DOD Tumor Registry which tracks cancer diagnoses in active duty; DoD Framingham which analyzes blood proteins in active duty with cancer; the Joint Pathology Center which is the DoD’s pathology center of excellence; and APOLLO, which was created in response to the Cancer Moonshot in 2016 now with a network of 13 hospitals to carry out military-specific research.
  • NCI Establishes Telehealth Centers of Excellence to Improve Cancer Care: Last month, NCI announced $23 million to support the creation of a Telehealth Research Centers of Excellence (TRACE), which will study the role of telehealth in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and equity of access and outcomes. Four funded research centers will conduct large trials in real-world clinical settings, including hospitals, nd primary care offices, to determine whether the use of telehealth —used broadly during the COVID-19 pandemic – can effectively deliver quality cancer care. This ground-breaking program will identify best practices for cancer telehealth to drive implementation of sustainable telehealth practices to offer many benefits to patients. 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Expands Partnerships to Deliver New Cancer Technologies: NIST and the Department of Commerce-sponsored Manufacturing USA institute, The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, recently awarded funding to two project teams to ensure that cellular therapies for cancer can be more efficiently and consistently manufactured. Together, the projects will produce innovative and scalable manufacturing processes and create new partnerships for workforce training in cell and gene-therapy manufacturing. NIST and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium signed a cooperative research and development agreement to develop and manufacture DNA reference samples engineered to contain mutations commonly tested for diagnosing and targeting drugs for cancer. These investments hold the promise to speed progress in the development of advancing cancer precision medicine by simplifying the process for validating diagnostics and enabling technology, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence developers to optimize and demonstrate accuracy of their methods.
  • Facilitate Data Sharing Advances the Bioeconomy: As part of the new Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, the National Institutes of Health is expanding the Cancer Research Data Ecosystem, a national data infrastructure that encourages data sharing to support cancer care for individual patients and enables discovery of new treatments. USDA is working with NIH to ensure that data on persistent poverty can be integrated with cancer surveillance. The National Science Foundation recently announced a competition for a new $20 million biosciences data center to increase our understanding of living systems at small scales, which will produce new biotechnology designs to make products in agriculture, medicine and health, and materials. 

The White House posted the following:

Background Press Call on: President Biden’s Executive Order to Launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

President Biden Announces: Intent to Appoint Dr. Renee Wegrzyn as Inaugural Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)

Fact-sheet: President Biden to Launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

The audio-only Press Briefing will have already happened by the time the post is posted.

President Biden’s remarks on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are scheduled for 12:45 p.m. D.C., time.

President Biden’s remarks on Cancer Moonshot are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. D.C., time.

On Friday, President Biden posted 8 tweets before the post was posted. He added 6 tweets giving him a Friday Tweeting Total of 14 tweets and 0 retweets.

Saturday’s Tweeting Total =’s 10 tweets and 0 retweets.
Sunday’s Tweeting Total =’s 6 tweets and 0 retweets.

The YouTube is 29 minutes and 53 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 11 minute and 42 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: (18:23) In fact, one third of the core inflation last year was due to higher prices of automobiles because of the shortage of the semiconductors needed to build those automobiles.  Folks, we need to make these chips right here in America to bring down everyday costs and create good jobs.  (Applause.)  Don’t take my word for it.  You heard Pat.  (Applause.)  Listen to the business leaders across this country.  They’re making decisions right now about where to invest and produce these chips. China, Japan, South Korea, European Union — all these places are investing tens of billions of dollars to attract chip manufacturers to their countries.  But industry leaders are choosing us, the United States, because they see America is back and America is leading the way.  (Applause.)

President Biden: (11:57) In March, I shared the story in my State of the Union Address — the story of the field of dreams in the middle of Ohio where America’s future will be built. In August, we were back at the White House as I signed the CHIPS and Science Act, one of the most significant science and technology investments in our history. And now, in September, Gov, we’re here breaking ground.  And thanks for the passport to get to the state, Gov.  Appreciate it.  (Laughter and applause.) 

President Biden: (27:47) Let me close with this: This is about our economic security.  It’s about our national security.  It’s about good-paying, union jobs that you can raise a family on — as my dad would say — and have a little bit of breathing room.  Jobs now.  Jobs for the future.  Jobs in every part of the country.  We’re not going to leave a part behind.  There’s no need to not develop the whole country.  Jobs that show the industrial Midwest is back — the industrial Midwest is back.  (Applause.)

The Saturday Tweets:

The above 27 second video snip was filmed while he was in Ohio; they are not part of his remarks from Ohio.

President Biden: Look, things are changing so rapidly. Your generation is going to see more change in the next ten years then we’ve seen in the last fifty years. And America has to be in front of that. And the computer chip is the future. Everything from our national security, economic growth–look at here. Look at all the jobs it’s going to create. It’s going to be over 12,000 jobs. There’s 7,000 construction jobs just building this site. And the rest of the world is coming our way. You’re beginning to see it. We’re going to lead the world again.

President Biden: (25:34) And that means we will invent it in America and make it in America.  And we’re going to make sure we include all of America. We’re going to support entrepreneurs and technology hubs all across the country, including historically Black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, Tribal colleges.   We’re going to — going to tap into the greatest competitive advantage we have: our diverse and talented workforce that’s urban, rural, and suburban.  

This next group of Saturday tweets are campaign tweets; those in your face kind.

I’m sure if I spent 5-10-20 minutes of my time I could find exactly where he’s said the above before. But it’s Monday and 8:26 a.m. my time so we’re going to move right along…

You’re welcome.

The next two Saturday tweets come from remarks he gave in prime-time regarding the continued battle for the soul of the nation.

President Biden: (14:50) This is a nation that honors our Constitution.  We do not reject it.  (Applause.) This is a nation that believes in the rule of law.  We do not repudiate it.  (Applause.) This is a nation that respects free and fair elections.  We honor the will of the people.  We do not deny it.  (Applause.) And this is a nation that rejects violence as a political tool.  We do not encourage violence. We are still an America that believes in honesty and decency and respect for others, patriotism, liberty, justice for all, hope, possibilities. 

President Biden: (11:22) MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.

President Biden: (14:21) But together — together, we can choose a different path.  We can choose a better path.  Forward, to the future.  A future of possibility.  A future to build and dream and hope.

His odd duck tweet from Friday:

China Highlights says; Mid-Autumn Festival, Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节) in Chinese, is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. It is also celebrated by many other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

They go on to say that it’s also a time for families to reunite and compare it to our Thanksgiving.

It is also a reunion time for families, a little like Thanksgiving. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating mooncakes, etc. 

China Highlights.com. 09/06/2022.

His odd duck Saturday Tweet:

Sunday was the 21st anniversary of 9/11. President Biden offered remarks and 1 tweet that can be found here. He added 5 more tweets.

The YouTube is 21 minutes and 07 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 6 minute and 48 second mark. His full remarks can be found here.

The above tweet is only somewhat related to his remarks.

President Biden: (15:57) When future generations come here to sit in the shade of the Maple trees that shelter the memorial and grown tall and strong with passing years, they will find the names of patriots.  They will feel the connection that will come to pass on September 11, 2001, and how our country was forever changed.

President Biden: (16:40) I hope we’ll remember that in the midst of these dark days, we dug deep, we cared for each other, and we came together. You know, we regained the light by reaching out to one another and finding something all too rare — a true sense of national unity. To me, that’s the greatest lesson of September 11.  Not that we will never again face a setback, but that in a moment of great unity we also had to face down the worst impulses, fear, violence, recrimination directed against Muslim Americans, as well as Americans of Middle Eastern and South Asian heritage.

President Biden: (15:28) What was destroyed, we have repaired.  What was threatened, we fortified.  What was attacked — the indominable spirit — has never, ever wavered.

President Biden: (13:31) And to all our service members and their families, our veterans, our Gold Star families, all the survivors and caregivers and loved ones who have sacrificed so much for our nation: We owe you.  We owe you an incredible — an incredible debt, a debt that can never be repaid but will never fail to meet the sacred obligation to you to properly prepare and equip those that we send into harm’s way and care for those and their families when they come home — and to never, ever, ever forget.

He’s tweeted 2 times so far for Monday…

More campaign tweets…

I hate mid-term election cycles…

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