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States seeking masks, drugs, ventilators and other items from the stockpile are encountering a system beset by years of underfunding, changing lines of authority, confusion over the allocation of supplies and a lack of transparency from the administration, said state and federal officials and public health experts.

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The president’s desire pits him against multiple governors, Democratic and Republican, who are striving to mitigate the coronavirus’s impact in their communities and marshal medical supplies for their hospitals.

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Still unable to do widespread testing, and fearful as the federal government fails to marshal critical supplies, officials in Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles are watching caseloads climb and trying to prepare.
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