The Reading / Listening - COVID-19 Vaccine - Level 2

This year has largely been full of bad news because of COVID-19. Finally, there is good news. Scientists announced a breakthrough in the fight against the virus. The scientists are from the U.S. drug company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. Researchers have developed a vaccine against COVID-19 with a 90 per cent success rate. The researchers say the vaccine has no serious side effects. The head of the USA's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the vaccine was positive news. He said: "The results are really quite good, I mean extraordinary."



Health experts say it will be months before people can get the vaccine. It must be stored at temperatures of -80º Celsius. The Pfizer CEO was happy with his company's success. He said: "Today is a great day for science and humanity....We are reaching this [important time]...when the world needs it most." He added: "Infection rates are setting new records, hospitals are nearing over-capacity and economies are struggling to reopen....We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help...end...this global health crisis."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    COVID-19 Vaccine - Level 0 COVID-19 Vaccine - Level 1   or  COVID-19 Vaccine - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-11-10/editorial-a-ray-of-hope-for-the-pandemics-end-in-2021
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03166-8
  • https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against


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. This year has largely
  2. Scientists announced a
  3. the fight against
  4. Researchers have developed a
  5. a 90 per cent
  6. no serious side
  7. infectious
  8. The results are really
  1. quite good
  2. vaccine
  3. breakthrough
  4. effects
  5. been full of bad news
  6. diseases
  7. the virus
  8. success rate

Paragraph 2

  1. Health experts say it will
  2. It must be stored at temperatures
  3. a great day for science
  4. when the world needs it
  5. Infection rates are setting new
  6. We are a significant step
  7. a much-needed
  8. .end this global health
  1. closer
  2. and humanity
  3. records
  4. of -80º Celsius
  5. breakthrough
  6. crisis
  7. most
  8. be months

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

This year has (1) ___________________ of bad news because of COVID-19. Finally, there is good news. Scientists announced a breakthrough in (2) ___________________ the virus. The scientists are from the U.S. drug company Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. Researchers have (3) ___________________ against COVID-19 with a 90 per cent success rate. The researchers say the vaccine has (4) ___________________ effects. The (5) ___________________ USA's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the vaccine was positive news. He said: "The results are (6) ___________________, I mean extraordinary."

Health experts say it will (7) ___________________ people can get the vaccine. It must (8) ___________________ temperatures of -80º Celsius. The Pfizer CEO was happy with his company's success. He said: "Today is a great (9) ___________________ and humanity....We are reaching this [important time]...when the world needs it most." He added: "Infection (10) ___________________ new records, hospitals are nearing over-capacity and economies are struggling to reopen....We are a significant (11) ___________________ providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help...end...this (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThisyearhaslargelybeenfullofbadnewsbecauseofCOVID-19.Finally,t
hereisgoodnews.Scientistsannouncedabreakthroughinthefightagai
nstthevirus.ThescientistsarefromtheU.S.drugcompanyPfizerandthe
GermancompanyBioNTech.Researchershavedevelopedavaccineag
ainstCOVID-19witha90percentsuccessrate.Theresearcherssaythev
accinehasnoserioussideeffects.TheheadoftheUSA'sNationalInstitut
eofAllergyandInfectiousDiseasessaidthevaccinewaspositivenews.H
esaid:"Theresultsarereallyquitegood,Imeanextraordinary."Healthe
xpertssayitwillbemonthsbeforepeoplecangetthevaccine.Itmustbest
oredattemperaturesof-80ºCelsius.ThePfizerCEOwashappywithhisc
ompany'ssuccess.Hesaid:"Todayisagreatdayforscienceandhumanit
y....Wearereachingthis[importanttime]...whentheworldneedsitmos
t."Headded:"Infectionratesaresettingnewrecords,hospitalsareneari
ngover-capacityandeconomiesarestrugglingtoreopen....Weareasig
nificantstepclosertoprovidingpeoplearoundtheworldwithamuch-ne
ededbreakthroughtohelp...end...thisglobalhealthcrisis."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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