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Scientists at Oxford University have been studying the coronavirus. They have been trying to find a cure. A cure for a virus is called a vaccine. If someone is given a vaccine, it means they can’t get a disease. Scientists everywhere have been working very hard to find a vaccine for Covid-19.

The scientists at Oxford think they have a vaccine that works. They have started to test the vaccine on humans. This normally takes a very long time. The scientists at Oxford have been able to start testing very quickly. They were already studying vaccines for very similar viruses. They were able to switch their studies to the coronavirus.

Studying the other viruses gave the scientists a head start. The lead scientist said they could have one million vaccines by September. First, they need to confirm that the vaccine works as they hope. They are testing it on 800 people in the UK.

Difficult words

Cure (n/v): Something that completely takes away a disease.

Vaccine (n): Something which makes it almost impossible for a person to get a disease.

Similar (adj): Thins that are almost the same as each other.

Switch (v): To change something for something else.

Head start(n): To have an advantage or be ahead of someone else.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Cure  A. Change
 2. Vaccine  B. Same
 3. Similar  C. Protect against disease.
 4. Switch  D. Ahead
 5. Head start  E. Make healthy.

True or False?

1. Scientists at a hospital are studying the coronavirus. T / F

2. A vaccine protects people from diseases.  T / F

3. The scientists still do not think they have found a vaccine. T / F

4. The scientists can not test on humans yet. T / F

5. The scientists were studying similar viruses before. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been / trying / a cure / have / find / to / They

2. virus / called / cure / a / A / is / a vaccine. / for

3. on humans. / They / the / vaccine / started / to test / have

4. very / normally / This / a / long / time / takes

5. testing / 800 people / They / it / are / on

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Confirm Scientists Normally
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Scientists at Oxford University have been (1)____________ the coronavirus. They have been trying to find a cure. A cure for a virus is called a vaccine. If someone is given a vaccine, it means they can’t get a disease. Scientists everywhere have been (2)___________ very hard to find a vaccine for Covid-19.

The (3)____________ at Oxford think they have a vaccine that works. They have started to test the vaccine on humans. This (4)_____________ takes a very long time. The scientists at Oxford have been able to start testing very quickly. They were already studying vaccines for very similar viruses. They were able to switch their studies to the coronavirus.

Studying the other viruses gave the scientists a head start. The lead scientist said they could have one million vaccines by September. First, they need to (5)___________ that the vaccine works as they hope. They are (6)_____________ it on 800 people in the UK.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think there will be a vaccine soon?
5. Who do you think should get the vaccine first?
6. How should it be decided who gets the vaccine first?
7. Should a vaccine created in one country be shared with every other country?
8. Should people stay inside until there is a vaccine?
9. Should the vaccine be free?
10. Do you know of any Covid-19 vaccine research in your country?
11. Do you think life can go back to normal before there is a vaccine?
12. Is there an anti-vaccination movement in your country?
13. Do you think it is dangerous to do human trials this early?
14. Would you volunteer for the human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine?
15. Should healthcare workers have the vaccine tested on them first?
16. Do people trust Science in your country?
17. What scientific achievements have been made in your country?
18. How is your country fighting the virus?
19. How seriously are people taking the coronavirus pandemic in your country?
20. What question would you like to ask the team of scientists at Oxford University?