WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to undertake a historic push to develop a cure for cancer, tapping Vice President Joe Biden to lead the effort.
Obama, in the last State of the Union address of his presidency, said America must use its spirit of innovation to help tackle the challenge of cancer.
"For the loved ones we've all lost, for the family we can still save, let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all," Obama said.
As Biden smiled from his seat behind the president, Obama said he would put the vice president in charge of "mission control" for the effort.
Biden, who lost his 46-year old son to brain cancer last year, received a standing ovation from lawmakers when Obama made the announcement.
Following his son's death, Biden said he would not run for president in 2016, but he promised he would focus his remaining time in office on working on a "moon shot" to end cancer.