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ADADIn all, the two groups of essential workers the government is prioritizing spans 87 million people, dozens of industries and includes many people of color and many earning low wages.

Local officials in each state will have to make tough choices about which essential workers get their shots first.

Once the vaccine does begin to flow to essential workers, states will be working from the government’s master list of industry categories.

Some advocates and policy experts fear the competition for vaccines will favor the wealthiest companies with the strongest lobbying teams in state capitals.

Companies are offering vaccination sites, logistical help and the ability to identify which workers qualify as essential.

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