The Reading / Listening - COVID Vaccine - Level 4

If a vaccine for COVID-19 arrives, governments will need many aircraft. Distributing the vaccine will be a huge logistical operation. Experts say transporting 7.8 billion doses of a vaccine - one dose for everyone on Earth - will need 8,000 747 cargo planes. Governments must start planning for the "mission of the century". Even if half the vaccines can be transported by land, the air cargo industry will still face its largest single transport challenge ever.



The experts said many obstacles must be overcome. One key element is to create temperature-controlled cargo hubs to keep the vaccine at the same temperature. Staff must quickly become experts at safely handling the vaccine. Another challenge would be security and cross-border controls. The experts said: "Vaccines will be highly valuable commodities. Arrangements must be in place to ensure that shipments remain secure from tampering and theft."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    COVID Vaccine - Level 5 or  COVID Vaccine - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.airlineratings.com/news/transporting-covid-19-vaccine-will-require-8000-747s/
  • https://simpleflying.com/iata-covid-19-vaccine/
  • https://gulfnews.com/world/getting-covid-19-vaccines-to-everyone-airlines-plan-8000-jet-airlift-1.1599664999202


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. If a vaccine for COVID-19
  2. governments will need
  3. a huge logistical
  4. one dose
  5. the mission of
  6. half the vaccines can be
  7. the air cargo
  8. face its largest single transport
  1. challenge
  2. the century
  3. arrives
  4. industry
  5. many aircraft
  6. for everyone
  7. operation
  8. transported by land

Paragraph 2

  1. many obstacles must be
  2. temperature-controlled cargo
  3. at the same
  4. become experts at safely
  5. cross-
  6. Vaccines will be highly valuable
  7. Arrangements must be in
  8. ensure that shipments remain
  1. commodities
  2. handling the vaccine
  3. secure
  4. hubs
  5. place
  6. overcome
  7. border controls
  8. temperature

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

If a vaccine for COVID-19 arrives, governments will                                    (1) ___________________. Distributing the vaccine will be a huge logistical operation. Experts say transporting 7.8 (2) _________________ a vaccine - one dose (3) ___________________ Earth - will need 8,000 747 cargo planes. Governments must start planning for the                        "(4) ___________________ century". Even if half the vaccines can be transported by land, the (5) ___________________ will still face its largest (6) ___________________ ever.

The experts said (7) ___________________ be overcome. One key element is to create temperature-controlled (8) ___________________ keep the vaccine at the same temperature. Staff must quickly become experts (9) ___________________ the vaccine. Another challenge would be security and (10) ___________________. The experts said: "Vaccines will (11) ___________________ commodities. Arrangements must be in place to ensure that shipments (12) ___________________ tampering and theft."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

IfavaccineforCOVID-19arrives,governmentswillneedmanyaircraft
.Distributingthevaccinewillbeahugelogisticaloperation.Expertssaytr
ansporting7.8billiondosesofavaccine-onedoseforeveryoneonEarth-
willneed8,000747cargoplanes.Governmentsmuststartplanningfort
he"missionofthecentury".Evenifhalfthevaccinescanbetransportedb
yland,theaircargoindustrywillstillfaceitslargestsingletransportchalle
ngeever.Theexpertssaidmanyobstaclesmustbeovercome.Onekeyel
ementistocreatetemperature-controlledcargohubstokeepthevaccin
eatthesametemperature.Staffmustquicklybecomeexpertsatsafelyh
andlingthevaccine.Anotherchallengewouldbesecurityandcross-bor
dercontrols.Theexpertssaid:"Vaccineswillbehighlyvaluablecommod
ities.Arrangementsmustbeinplacetoensurethatshipmentsremainse
curefromtamperingandtheft."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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