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The State of Vaccine Supply: ‘Opaque.’ Unpredictable. ‘Hard to Pin Down.’

Demand far exceeds supply — at least for the moment.

Here are four things to know:

1. Many states don’t know exactly where the doses are, and the feds don’t either.

2. Simple math signaled the first few phases would quickly exceed available doses.

3. The problem grew in the waning days of the Trump administration.

4. Help is on the way, but patience is required.

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