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Remdesivir is the first drug to receive Health Canada approval for the treatment of COVID-19. The drug is used in patients with severe pneumonia symptoms. According to Global News, remdesivir interferes with the virus’s ability to copy its genetic material and is shown to shorten recovery time.
The Agenda welcomes Pam Belluck, a New York Times health and science reporter; and Kristin Rushowy, from the Toronto Star, to discuss reopening schools, Ontario’s plan for education, and what needs to change to put parents at ease.
The work of German graphic designer and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz is known around the world, fetching high prices at art auctions. This documentary uses diaries, drawings, and conversations with descendants and international experts to examine the charismatic artist whose life was defined by two world wars.
Columnist Matt Gurney speaks with a caretaker from a GTA public school about staffing issues, what goes into regular workdays — and why, starting in the fall, those workdays will be anything but regular. “Look, I’m nervous,” the custodian says. “We already work hard. They’re going to tell us to focus on ‘high-touch surfaces.’ But these are elementary schools, with little kids. Everything is a high-touch surface.”
Two 2020 contests demonstrate not only that more women are needed in politics — but also that more Black women are needed in politics and in leadership roles. “In this global conversation of Black Lives Matter and anti-Black racism, it is now more important than ever to talk about the importance of policy and who and what is shaping that policy,” writes Nam Kiwanuka, host of The Agenda in the Summer.
The lead pastor with Lorne Park Baptist Church in Mississauga was terminated last week. The reason? She came out as a transgender woman. She speaks with writer and clergyman Michael Coren about her experience. “I had no way of knowing who my accusers were, who my opponents were. I still don’t,” she says. “But it doesn’t change anything about my decision — I need to be visible, because others walking a similar path have been denied that visibility.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Racism and sexism in STEM
University of New Hampshire professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the stubborn barriers for women — especially women of colour — looking to break into STEM fields.
10 p.m. — Human Plus: Orchestra of the senses
The five senses send sensory messages to the brain at a speed of 430 kilometres per hour. The two sides of our brain direct the senses by dealing with 11 million information signals per second, sorting out and analyzing them without any technological intervention. The final episode of this series breaks down this complex and fascinating process.