The biggest national headlines of 2021: COVID-19, George Floyd and more

More people in the U.S. died of COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020, driven in part by highly contagious variants. Vaccines became available, but hesitancy remained. Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson raced into space. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced in June in the death of George Floyd, and the nation once against reeled from mass shootings. CBS News' Michael George reviews the biggest national news stories of the year. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage available for free across all platforms. Launched in November 2014, the service is a premier destination for breaking news and original storytelling from the deep bench of CBS News correspondents and reporters. CBSN features the top stories of the day as well as deep dives into key issues facing the nation and the world. CBSN has also expanded to launch local news streaming services in major markets across the country. CBSN is currently available on and the CBS News app across more than 20 platforms, as well as the Paramount+ subscription service. Subscribe to the CBS News YouTube channel:​
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