Many have suspected President Joe Biden’s mental acuity isn’t what it used to be. Is it just a coincidence that advocates are calling on his administration to do something about dementia?
Time published a piece Wednesday from activists calling on the Biden administration to implement a new “Operation Warp Speed” to cure Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia due to his campaign pledges to prioritize the degenerative diseases. The article’s authors proposed a similar approach taken to develop the COVID-19 vaccine.
With cooperation from private industry and the U.S. government, a vaccine was created, tested, and began distribution in record time. They were able to “cut red tape” and throw “billions of dollars” at the problem to quickly create a solution. The article, co-authored by Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and George Vradenburg, co-founder of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, expressed hope that the same could be done for dementia.
“No president has entered the White House with as clear a focus on Alzheimer’s disease as Joe Biden,” the article featured in the “Ideas” category in the health section of the publication began. “The commitment and attention on Alzheimer’s at the highest levels of our elected leadership is long overdue.”
The plan would be three-fold, beginning with the accelerated treatment the COVID-19 vaccine received. The next step would be to throw money at the problem, recalling Biden’s promise of spending “$300 billion to promote research and development, including $50 billion for the NIH to find cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and diabetes.” The third phase would be international, with the authors mentioning that G7 global health ministers had promised during the Obama Administration to allocate resources “to identify a cure or a disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025. Seven years later, no G7 country has yet approved a disease-modifying therapy,” it stated.
“As part of his commitment to rejoin global efforts and work with partner nations to address key goals,” the article continued, “Biden should put the fight against Alzheimer’s back on the global agenda.” The authors claimed that an “estimated 50 million people worldwide” suffer from an array of dementia diseases.
“Launching a new Operation Warp Speed for Alzheimer’s and dementia will save millions of lives, bring economic relief to families nationwide and re-establish global leadership in the fight against this terrible disease,” the authors asserted. “Today, there can hardly be a more noble mission than helping America – and the world – usher in a new era of healthy aging by re-engaging and re-committing to the defeat of Alzheimer’s.”
Eradicating dementia is a noble pursuit, and one surely worthy of government and private-sector research. However, it is noteworthy that the left is suddenly discovering that over-regulation is a hindrance to ingenuity and innovation. It’s also interesting that this push to cure dementia comes during an administration dogged by ongoing questions about the president’s mental fitness — but maybe it’s just a coincidence.