BBC News - July 21

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Published: 07.21.2020
Level 5   |   Time: 1:16
Accent: British
BBC Global News Podcast (07.20.2020)

News Headlines from the BBC Global News Podcast - a possible COVID-19 vaccine, US dollars in Cuba, Polar bear decline.

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • encouraging [adj] - hopeful, promising
  • trials [n] - tests
  • state run shops [n] - stores controlled and operated by the government
  • a currency [n] - the money of a country
  • a timeline [n] - a schedule
  • polar bears [n] - white bears that live in the Arctic (North Pole)
  • the poster child [exp] - the representative person (of some idea/group)
  • the poster species [exp] - the representative animal (of some idea/group)
  • the end of the (this) century [exp] - ~2100 (year)
  • a pandemic [n] - a disease affecting the whole world
  • promising [adj] - hopeful, encouraging
  • mass produce [v] - make in large amounts

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. A COVID-19 vaccine developed at Oxford University seems to be effective.
    True
    False

  2. There has a been an increase in COVID-19 cases at Oxford Univeristy.
    True
    False

  3. Government run stores in Cuba are now accepting payment in US dollars.
    True
    False

  4. Cuba's currency has been unstable recently.
    True
    False

  5. Polar bears will likely disappear from the earth by the year 2100.
    True
    False

  6. Polar bears are often used to represent the environmental problems associated with climate change.
    True
    False

  7. The Lancet Medical Journal helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
    True
    False

  8. The drug company AstraZeneca plans to produce the vaccine.
    True
    False


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This is the Global News Podcast from the BBC World Service. I'm Alex Ritson. And in the early hours of Tuesday the 21st of July, these are our main stories.

Encouraging results have been reported from early trials of a corona virus vaccine developed by Oxford University.

State run shops in Cuba are once again selling some goods in U.S. dollars as the country's currency crisis deepens.

And this is the first time that anybody has really established a timeline for when polar bears are likely to disappear. A warning that the poster species of climate change could be gone by the end of the century.

Since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists around the world have been racing to produce a vaccine to stop its spread. Now a report in The Lancet medical journal shows promising results for one developed by Oxford University. The drug company AstraZeneca is preparing to mass produce the vaccine.

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