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Joe Biden: If we didn’t do Summit on MS, people would have missed out on advances

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Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Cambridge on Saturday to headline a National MS Society fundraiser and say that if he hadn’t made the decision to hold a summit on neurodegenerative disease next year, people would have missed out on medicine and care that is in their future.

“I wanted to do it the right way, not the quick and easy way,” Biden said of the summit. “That’s the way I lived most of my life.”

His goal with the summit is to not only shine a spotlight on a disease that isn’t well-understood, but to push for the urgent funding it takes to develop new treatments.

But as he’s traveled to communities across the country, Biden has noted a common thread that shows why his stance matters.

At the Nashua, N.H., event, he met with a man who said he turned 49 in September because he wasn’t eligible for booster shots for multiple sclerosis.

The vice president, who has had the disease himself since being diagnosed in 1992, said he can understand how some aren’t as eager to receive the shots. So his message to those who aren’t yet eligible: “Better to wait your turn in line,” he said.

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