The Reading / Listening - COVID Vaccine - Level 5

When there is a vaccine for COVID-19, governments will be scrambling for aircraft. Distributing the vaccine will be one of the biggest logistical operations ever. Airline experts say transporting the vaccine globally will need 8,000 747 cargo planes. This is enough for 7.8 billion doses of a vaccine - one dose for everyone on Earth. The experts warned governments they must start planning for the "mission of the century". They said: "If we assume that half the needed 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 to distribute a vaccine. One key element is to create temperature-controlled cargo hubs and warehouses. The vaccine must be kept at the same temperature throughout its journey. Staff must be trained and quickly become experts at safely handling the vaccine. The experts said another challenge would be security and cross-border controls. They 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 4 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. governments will be scrambling
  2. one of the biggest logistical
  3. This is enough for 7.8
  4. one dose for everyone
  5. planning for the mission of
  6. half the needed vaccines can
  7. the air cargo
  8. face its largest single transport
  1. the century
  2. industry
  3. operations
  4. challenge
  5. billion doses
  6. for aircraft
  7. be transported
  8. on Earth

Paragraph 2

  1. many obstacles must be
  2. kept at the same
  3. experts at safely handling
  4. another challenge
  5. cross-
  6. Vaccines will be highly valuable
  7. Arrangements must
  8. remain secure from tampering
  1. would be security
  2. be in place
  3. temperature
  4. and theft
  5. the vaccine
  6. overcome
  7. border controls
  8. commodities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

When there is (1) ___________________ COVID-19, governments will be scrambling for aircraft. Distributing the vaccine will be one of (2) ___________________ operations ever. Airline experts say transporting the vaccine globally will need 8,000 (3) ___________________. This is enough for 7.8 billion doses of a vaccine - (4) ___________________ everyone on Earth. The experts warned governments they must start planning for (5) ___________________ the century". They said: "If we assume that half the needed vaccines can be transported by land, the air cargo industry will still face (6) ___________________ transport challenge ever."

The experts said (7) ___________________ be overcome to distribute a vaccine. One (8) ___________________ to create temperature-controlled cargo hubs and warehouses. The vaccine (9) ___________________ at the same temperature throughout its journey. Staff must be trained and quickly become (10) ___________________ handling the vaccine. The experts said another challenge would be security and cross-border controls. They said: "Vaccines will (11) ___________________ commodities. Arrangements must be in place to ensure that shipments remain secure from (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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raircraft.Distributingthevaccinewillbeoneofthebiggestlogisticaloper
ationsever.Airlineexpertssaytransportingthevaccinegloballywillnee
d8,000747cargoplanes.Thisisenoughfor7.8billiondosesofavaccine-
onedoseforeveryoneonEarth.Theexpertswarnedgovernmentsthey
muststartplanningforthe"missionofthecentury".Theysaid:"Ifweass
umethathalftheneededvaccinescanbetransportedbyland,theaircarg
oindustrywillstillfaceitslargestsingletransportchallengeever."Theex
pertssaidmanyobstaclesmustbeovercometodistributeavaccine.One
keyelementistocreatetemperature-controlledcargohubsandwareh
ouses.Thevaccinemustbekeptatthesametemperaturethroughoutits
journey.Staffmustbetrainedandquicklybecomeexpertsatsafelyhand
lingthevaccine.Theexpertssaidanotherchallengewouldbesecurityan
dcross-bordercontrols.Theysaid:"Vaccineswillbehighlyvaluablecom
modities.Arrangementsmustbeinplacetoensurethatshipmentsrema
insecurefromtamperingandtheft."

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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