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Obama wants $755m to launch cancer initiative

President Barack Obama has said he will ask Congress for an extra $755 million cancer research in 2017, while Joe Biden, the vice-president, joined cabinet secretaries at the first meeting of the task force guiding the initiative.

The administration has, for the first time, put a price on its plan to increase the pace of cancer research. The initiative is intended to last 10 years and the funds will be divided between the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, with 90 percent going to the former.

The White House also announced immediate spending of $200m that it described as for new cancer activities at the NIH, although the money was already assigned to the agency by Congress in 2015.

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