“It would be difficult to conduct clinical trials at home due to low number of new cases and we understand discussions are underway with European countries for trials,” Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) deputy director Kwon Jun-wook said on its daily briefing.Kwon said the process would pave the way for South Korea to secure sizable supplies of the treatment by the first half of next year.There is currently no treatments for COVID-19 and human trials of several existing antiviral drugs have yet to show full efficacy.Eli Lilly and Co said on Monday it had started an early-stage trial to test its potential COVID-19 treatment, in the world’s first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.US drugmaker Gilead Science Inc has reported promising early trial results for its treatment remdesivir, prompting emergency approval in the United States and Japan. South Korea also said last week it would request imports of remdesivir. South Korea expects clinical trials of Celltrion Inc’s experimental COVID-19 treatment to begin in Europe next month and aims to secure sizable supplies of the drug by the first half of next year, a senior health official said on Tuesday.Drugmakers worldwide are rushing to develop treatments for the flu-like illness caused by the new coronavirus that has killed more than 374,000 globally since it first emerged late last year in China.Celltrion said on Monday its experimental antibody COVID-19 treatment demonstrated an up to 100-fold reduction in viral load of the disease in animal testing, saying it aims to start human clinical trials in late July. Topics :
McGrathThe NBA gives out many awards every season, from MVP to the Sixth Man to even the “Most Improved” — the league’s equivalent of the little-league participation award. Today, rather than argue who the MVP is or some other tired argument, we debate what player is most deserving of any award.When it comes to the NBA’s most important postseason award, the Comeback Player of the Year, there is really only one choice.Most obviously, the choice has to be Renaldo Balkman of the New York Knicks. Balkman, a rookie swingman from South Carolina, at first glance might not seem to qualify, not having an NBA off-year to come back from. However, no player more epitomizes the idea of coming back than Balkman.In his junior and senior years playing for the Gamecocks, Balkman brought his team to the NIT championship twice, an almost unprecedented feat. He was king of NCAA mediocrity.When he was drafted by Isaiah Thomas in the reach of the century, few believed that he could lead his team back to Madison Square Garden for the third year in a row. But against all odds, he not only did it, but he did it 41 times.He came back to Garden, and it was glorious.He also was able to guide his team back to mediocrity, as the Knicks — who even Nostradamus predicted would be the worst team in the league — weren’t quite putrid as they were just “third-day sox smelly.”Balkman even led his team as far away from the promised land as possible in the meantime, navigating the Knicks out of almost any chance of Greg Oden, a.k.a. their salvation.Point: Balkman.PoppyTypically a former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t have a shot at winning the prestigious Comeback Player of the Year award. However, that is not the case in the NBA this season.Michael Olowokandi came into the league eight years ago and, putting it nicely, sucked. While he hasn’t gotten much better this season, he has been helping his team out tremendously — and for that alone the Kandi Man is a no-brainer for this award.Putting on a Celtics jersey this year was like giving childbirth. Or like studying for a final for a class that you have yet to buy the book. Heck, it was like slipping on a pair of gasoline drawers and walking through hell. Nevertheless, Olowokandi did it night in and night out — and as horribly as he possibly could.An average of 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds from a 7-foot center would usually warrant a title such as, “Pile of Waste.” That is, only if you’re looking at pure numbers. The fact is Olowokandi has been the Celtics’ best contributor this season — he is helping Boston wrap up some more ping-pong balls for the Draft Lottery. Olowokandi knows it, and head coach Doc Rivers knows it. Now it’s time for the rest of the Association to know it, so ‘Kandi can get the recognition he deserves.The NBA probably has some rules as to what defines its Comeback Player of the Year. Who cares? David Stern needs to recognize Olowokandi changed his game drastically to help the Celtics. He went from kind of bad to horrible to just downright Sam Bowie-esque — all for the better of his team.For the big stench Olowokandi has caused in Boston this season, he could make something smell good in Stinkville in the form of Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.The Celtics just better hope next year’s No. 1 pick doesn’t turn out like Olowokandi.
Here are some of the more notable outputs:2020 NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings | Best “revenge” gamesFun NFL schedule announcementsBroncos troll fans with fake early releaseOur 2020 schedule is … pic.twitter.com/F0HMVU0IYE— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 7, 2020Panthers hit Falcons with hidden 28-3 joke (check the Week 5 plane)Bored in the house but counting the days until our Sunday Best 🏠 pic.twitter.com/vlAcmdei4V— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) May 7, 2020Bengals go cigar-themed for Joe BurrowSpecial Delivery 📦Our 2020 schedule has ARRIVED… pic.twitter.com/uzhfkya7jE— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 7, 2020Dolphins’ graphics team deserves a raiseAnything on TV? 🧐🎟 >> https://t.co/7xqCbu4Uth pic.twitter.com/4m0vJpxPtH— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 7, 2020Lions go all-out, and we respect itThis is your world. Prepare to see it as never before…Planet Lions.Brought to you by Lions Experiences: https://t.co/qsnGRg7VJJ pic.twitter.com/7fvW7lhFye— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 7, 2020Mediocre NFL schedule announcementsSteelers keep it simple but effective2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣. #HereWeGo📺: Schedule Release ’20 on @NFLNetwork now pic.twitter.com/sOHZHv3Kzu— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 8, 2020Jaguars roll with the [email protected] | More: https://t.co/m2vC0iZMsc pic.twitter.com/ebEVCzPb6d— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 7, 2020Rams do bare minimum‼️ 2020 is gonna be HUGE ‼️ pic.twitter.com/V0wV12T2GI— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 7, 2020Broncos use overdone ‘Full House’ referenceYou wanted the schedule?You got it, dude. pic.twitter.com/qxRtusUVGJ— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 7, 2020Bad NFL schedule announcements49ers too cool to include wordsFreeze all motor functions. The 2020 schedule is here. pic.twitter.com/SwB2YjOpCh— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 7, 2020Browns, Eagles among teams without announcement video Some teams took advantage of the opportunity, while others kept things simple or missed the mark entirely. NFL social media account managers have likely been bored out of their minds lately without the typical level of access to in-person video activities with recently drafted players or group OTAs.On Thursday, they had a rare chance to be creative with their accounts.