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States Craft Vaccine Plans in a Haze of Changing Information

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A health worker injects a person during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine.
A health worker injects a person during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine.Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Weeks before states expect to receive their first shipments of Covid-19 vaccines, conflicting messages from the federal government have obscured exactly how many doses may arrive.

Some governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo and California’s Gavin Newsom, have made splashy announcements about how much of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s vaccines they expect should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorize them this month. Other states can’t provide a solid answer given how quickly estimates change.