Vice President Joe Biden will talk about the Obama administration’s cancer “moonshot” in an event at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center next week.

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Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the Obama administration’s cancer “moonshot” in a visit next week to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Biden already had been scheduled to visit Seattle to headline a March 21 fundraiser for the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

The vice president’s office says he’ll take part in the cancer-research discussion in his official capacity the same day.

The Hutch event will be Biden’s fifth roundtable talk since being charged with leading the cancer moonshot — a $1 billion effort to hasten a cure for cancer that was announced by President Obama during his final State of the Union address in January.

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Biden, whose son, Beau Biden, died from brain cancer last year, has written about the cancer initiative as a governmentwide effort to double the rate of progress against the disease: “To make a decade worth of advances in five years.”

To do that, Biden said he’ll lead a combined government, university and private sector effort to “break down silos and bring all the cancer fighters together — to work together, share information, and end cancer as we know it.”