II. While Reading Activities
- refugees |ˌrefyo͝oˈjē| noun a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster: tens of thousands of refugees fled their homes | [as modifier] : a refugee camp.
- embraced |əmˈbrās| verb [with object] include or contain (something) as a constituent part: his career embraces a number of activities—composing, playing, and acting.
- paramount |ˈperəˌmount| adjective more important than anything else; supreme: the interests of the child are of paramount importance.
- unintentional |ˌəninˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l| adjective not done on purpose: the translation added a layer of unintentional comedy.
- mandate |ˈmanˌdāt| noun • require (something) to be done; an official order or commission to do something: a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners.
- exorbitant |iɡˈzôrbəd(ə)nt| adjective (of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high: the exorbitant price of tickets.
- supplant |səˈplant| verb [with object] supersede and replace: another discovery could supplant the original finding.
- *The State of the Union Address is an annual message delivered by the president of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress near the beginning of each calendar year on the current condition of the nation.
- **The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the national public health agency of the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- flatline |ˈflatlīn| verb [no object] informal 2 fail to increase; remain static: their share of the vote has flatlined at about 3%.
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Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
Yet what we keep hearing is that we’re getting back to normal. And this is what “normal” looks like — at least 1,000 people a day perishing from COVID; American vaccine interest that has fallen off a cliff; and persistent vaccine inequality and lack of access around the world.
Reading Comprehension Fill-ins
Waning vaccine immunity remains a concern. Pfizer and BioNTech are are seeking emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a second booster shot for those 65 and older. That recommendation will probably extend to younger people as well, because existing vaccine protection was not as robust when Omicron became the dominant variant.