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An influential think tank has [suggesting / suggested] that the year 2021 wasn't as bad as 2020. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a United States not-for-profit [head / body] of experts specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international [affair / affairs] . It celebrated its [centenary / century] in 2021. It stated that 2021 "wasn't as [tumultuous / tumult] as 2020, which put in a [disclaim / claim] to be the worst year ever". However, there was still plenty of [dreadful / dread] news. Number one on the bad news list was the world's [failure / fails] to properly address the climate change challenge. This led to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres declaring "a code red for [humane / humanity] ". Other top-ten stories included the mutating of the coronavirus, mass migration, the supply chain [crisis / critics] , and the Taliban returning to power.

The CFR [assertion / asserted] that 2021 did bring some good news. It said: "For a [moment / momentum] in early summer, it seemed that COVID-19 was in the rearview [vanity / mirror] ." On the brighter side, more than 9 billion covid-19 vaccinations were administered [worldly / globally] . Many notable achievements occurred in 2021. NASA's Perseverance rover successfully "drilled, [distracted / extracted] and stored a sample of Martian rock" for the very first time. In health news, "after [decadence / decades] of targeted and sustained action," the WHO declared China [freedom / free] of malaria. There was also good news regarding sustainability [has / as] United Airlines flew the first [passengers / passenger] aircraft with 100 per cent sustainable fuel. And... cheese lovers were guaranteed there is "no evidence that cheese causes weight [again / gain] ".

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