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Vaccines for COVID-19 have been made. There are different versions of the vaccines. They have been made in different countries. There have been a lot of problems with giving people vaccines. Some countries have had problems giving vaccines to people. Other countries can’t get the vaccines. Some of the drug companies are struggling to make the vaccines fast enough.

Leaders in Europe are angry at the vaccine companies. The vaccine companies that they ordered vaccines from have had delays. The delays mean that European countries are not getting the vaccines when they thought they would. The vaccine companies say it is not their fault. They say the countries should have ordered the vaccines sooner. In Asia, some countries are choosing not to use the vaccines yet. This has made some people confused. They think they should be using the vaccines as soon as they can.

The leader of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is a big problem with poorer countries not getting vaccines. He says that rich countries are buying all of the vaccines too quickly. Poorer countries cannot keep up. He says COVID-19 won’t go away if poorer countries can’t vaccinate their people. Most countries need vaccines so they can go back to normal. Without the vaccines, they will not be able to go back to how life was before the coronavirus.

Difficult words

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

Version (n): A specific form or type of something.

Struggling (v): To have difficulty.

Delay (n/v): For something to be later than it should have been.

Vaccinate (v): To give a vaccine.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

1. Vaccine A. Type
2. Version B. Late
3. Struggling C. Give a shot.
4. Delay D. Shot
5. Vaccinate E. Difficulty

True or False?

1. The world is still waiting for COVID-19 vaccines. T / F

2. Only 1 country has made a COVID-19 vaccine. T / F

3. There have been problems giving vaccines. T / F

4. All Asian countries are quickly giving the vaccine. T / F

5. The WHO is worried about poorer countries. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. are / There / different / versions

2. have / Some / problems / had / countries

3. angry / Leaders / are / in / Europe

4. has / This / some / made / confused / people

5. countries / Most / vaccines / need

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

PoorerNormalDifferent
OrderedConfusedDrug

Vaccines for COVID-19 have been made. There are (1)_____________ versions of the vaccines. They have been made in different countries. There have been a lot of problems with giving people vaccines. Some countries have had problems giving vaccines to people. Other countries can’t get the vaccines. Some of the (2)________ companies are struggling to make the vaccines fast enough.

Leaders in Europe are angry at the vaccine companies. The vaccine companies that they (3)____________ vaccines from have had delays. The delays mean that European countries are not getting the vaccines when they thought they would. The vaccine companies say it is not their fault. They say the countries should have ordered the vaccines sooner. In Asia, some countries are choosing not to use the vaccines yet. This has made some people (4)____________. They think they should be using the vaccines as soon as they can.

The leader of the World Health Organisation said there is a big problem with (5)____________ countries not getting vaccines. He says that rich countries are buying all of the vaccines too quickly. Poorer countries cannot keep up. He says COVID-19 won’t go away if poorer countries can’t vaccinate their people. Most countries need vaccines so they can go back to (6)____________. Without the vaccines, they will not be able to go back to how life was before the coronavirus.

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. Has your country had any problems with vaccine distribution?
5. When do you think you will be able to get the vaccine?
6. Was the EU wrong to block the vaccines going to the UK?
7. Should the UK share their vaccines with the EU despite the EU ordering theirs later?
8. Why do you think some Asian countries are waiting to give their vaccines?
9. Should richer countries be sharing their vaccines with poorer countries?
10. Do you think your country would be willing to share vaccines with another country?
11. Do you think another country should help your country get vaccines?
12. Do you think most people in your country want to get the vaccine?
13. Should richer countries put vulnerable people in poorer countries before their own healthier/younger people?
14. When do you think the world will be 100% back to normal?
15. Do you think the vaccine companies are doing a good job?
16. Do you know which vaccines are being used in your country?
17. What should happen with countries that can’t afford to buy vaccines for their people?
18. Do you think your country has done a good job with the coronavirus?
19. What is the current coronavirus situation in your country?
20. Do you think the vaccine will make everything back to normal?