The Hindu Editorial (A moral test) – Mar 13, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (A moral test) – Mar 13, 2021

A year after the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has criticised “the many examples of vaccine nationalism and hoarding” in the world. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (A moral test) – Mar 13, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (A moral test) – Mar 13, 2021:

  1. moral (adjective) – relating to beliefs/principles about what is right (prudent/wise) or wrong (imprudent/unwise).
  2. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  3. divide (noun) – polarity, division, separation, difference.
  4. privileged (adjective) – wealthy, rich, affluent, prosperous.
  5. equitable (adjective) – fair, just, impartial.
  6. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  7. vaccine nationalism (noun) – vaccine nationalism occurs when governments sign agreements with pharmaceutical manufacturers to supply their own populations with vaccines ahead of them becoming available for other countries.
  8. hoarding (noun) – accumulation/collection of something.
  9. equitably (adverb) – fairly, impartially.
  10. in spite of (phrase) – despite, notwithstanding, regardless of.
  11. exhortation (noun) – a communication/statement that forcefully urges someone to do something; urging, encouragement, pushing, insistence; call, demand, entreaty, appeal.
  12. pool (verb) – combine, put together & share (resources).
  13. inoculate (verb) – to inject/introduce a vaccine into the body of someone to produce immunity to a particular disease; immunize, vaccinate.
  14. fraction (noun) – a (small) proportion/part/amount of something.
  15. vulnerable (adjective) – relating to a weak/neglected person who is in need of special care/support/protection; ill-protected, easily affected by, prone to, at risk of.
  16. administer (verb) – dispense, provide, give, apply (a drug/vaccine).
  17. dose (noun) – an amount/quantity of something.
  18. stockpile (verb) – accumulate, collect, amass.
  19. vaccinate (verb) – inoculate, administer, introduce (with a vaccine to provide immunity against a disease).
  20. in contrast (phrase) – when compared to another.
  21. account for (phrasal verb) – constitute, comprise, form, represent.
  22. vaccinator (noun) – a person/agent who administers vaccines.
  23. laurels (noun) – honours, awards, rewards, tributes, praise.
  24. vaccine diplomacy (noun) – the use of vaccine to increase diplomatic relationship and influence other countries but also, from a strategic perspective, vaccine access opens the door to expand long-term health security provisions.
  25. vaccination (noun) – treatment with a vaccine to protect against a particular disease; immunization.
  26. pick up (phrasal verb) – improve, get better, recover, rally.
  27. inoculation (noun) – vaccination, injection, immunization; jab, shot.
  28. as opposed to (phrase) – in contrast with, as against, as contrasted with.
  29. at best (phrase) – only, merely.
  30. apparent (adjective) – evident/clear, visible, noticeable, recognizable.
  31. informed (adjective) – knowledgeable, literate, well informed, well educated/instructed (people).
  32. disproportionately (adverb) – inordinately, immoderately, excessively.
  33. inequity (noun) – unfairness, unjustness, one-sidedness, partisanship, bias, prejudice, discrimination.
  34. play out (phrasal verb) – happen, occur, take place.
  35. inequality (noun) – Inequality is simply defined as “the state of not being equal, especially in status, rights and opportunities; imbalance, unevenness, disproportion, disparity.
  36. precisely (adverb) – exactly, absolutely, squarely.
  37. lead to (verb) – result in, cause, bring on, call forth, give rise to.
  38. pipeline (noun) – supply chain.
  39. entity (noun) – organization, institutionbody.
  40. bound by (adjective) – obliged, compelled, required, constrained.
  41. bidder (noun) – a person who makes an offer (formal one) for something.
  42. necessarily (adverb) – inevitably, certainly, surely, undoubtedly.
  43. reprieve (noun) – cancellation, suspension, postponement (of something undesirable event).
  44. in the pipeline (phrase) – in the process of being planned/developed.
  45. naive (adjective) – not previously exposed to, unaffected, inexperienced.
  46. shortchange (verb) – cheat, swindle, defraud, deceive, trick.
  47. exert (verb) – apply, exercise, employ, deploy, wield (influence).
  48. bear upon (phrasal verb) – be relevant to something.
  49. territory (noun) – area, region, sphere; country, state, dominion.


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