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Three vaccines have been made for COVID-19. The vaccines have been made separately. The first vaccine was made in Germany and the US. The second was made in the US. The third was made in the UK. The vaccines are great news. They have been made incredibly quickly. Vaccines normally take around 10 years to make. These vaccines have been made in less than one year.

Many countries have ordered the new vaccines. Some people may start to get the vaccines in December. One of the creators of the German vaccine said that life may be back to normal next winter. It will be very difficult to get everyone vaccinated. Governments are making plans for how to vaccinate people. Most countries will vaccinate old people first.

The vaccines are too late for people to enjoy the winter holidays. Christmas, New Years and other winter holidays are very important to people. People like to spend time together for the holidays. Doctors are worried that this will spread the virus more.

Difficult words

Vaccine (n): A shot or injection that helps stop a disease.

Separately (adv): To not be together, be apart.

Incredibly (adv): Very, a lot.

Order (v): To buy something in advance.

Vaccinate (v): To give someone a vaccine.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Vaccine  A. Apart
 2. Separately  B. Give shot.
 3. Incredibly  C. Buy
 4. Order D. Shot
 5. Vaccinate  E. Very

True or False?

1. One vaccine has been made in 2020. T / F

2. The first vaccine was made in France. T / F

3. The vaccines have been made very quickly. T / F

4. The vaccines have been made in less than a year. T / F

5. Most countries will vaccinate young people first. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. vaccines / have / made / Three / been

2. are / The / vaccines / news / great

3. are / making / Governments / plans

4. late / The / too / vaccines / are

5. to / time / like / People / spend / together

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

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countriesVaccinesVirus

Three vaccines have been made for COVID-19. The (1)___________ have been made separately. The first vaccine was made in Germany and the US. The second was made in the US. The (2)_______ was made in the UK. The vaccines are great news. They have been made incredibly quickly. Vaccines normally take around 10 years to make. These vaccines have been made in less than one year.

Many (3)____________ have ordered the new vaccines. Some people may start to get the vaccines in December. One of the creators of the German vaccine said that life may be back to (4)__________ next winter. It will be very difficult to get everyone vaccinated. Governments are making plans for how to vaccinate people. Most countries will vaccinate old people first.

The vaccines are too (5)_______ for people to enjoy the winter holidays. Christmas, New Years and other winter holidays are very important to people. People like to spend time together for the holidays. Doctors are worried that this will spread the (6)________ more.

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 know if your government has purchased any of these vaccines?
5. Will you get the vaccine as soon as you can?
6. What do you think about the amount of time it has taken to develop these vaccines?
7. How do you think governments should give the vaccines out?
8. Should the vaccines be free?
9. Is the pandemic bad in your country?
10. Are there any holidays that may be different in your country because of the virus?
11. Should people be upset if they can’t have their normal holiday traditions?
12. What do you think about people who ignore the warnings to not gather for holidays?
13. Do you think life will be back to normal at the end of 2021?
14. Has the pandemic been difficult for you personally?
15. Have you been in lockdown at any time during this year?
16. Do people trust scientists in your country?
17. Has your government handled the pandemic well?
18. What would you like to do once the pandemic is over?
19. Did you have any plans that you couldn’t do this year because of the pandemic?
20. Should people continue wearing masks after people are vaccinated?