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CURRENT EVENT | DECEMBER 13, 2021

Omicron Variant Appears More Vaccine Resistant

While the vast majority of recent COVID-19 infections in the U.S. are caused by the delta variant, a new coronavirus variant, omicron, is beginning to spread. Preliminary tests show that current vaccines are much less effective at fighting omicron, a strain with multiple mutations. Although scientists expect to see more breakthrough infections as omicron spreads, they say being vaccinated will continue to protect people from severe illness and hospitalization. Listen to learn about how to stay safe from a highly contagious new viral strain.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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