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As Japan prepares to begin COVID-19 vaccinations this week, dry ice manufacturers are racing to ensure they can meet the expected surge in demand driven by a need to store the Pfizer Inc. vaccine at an ultracold temperature.

But preparations, critical for a smooth vaccine rollout, are facing challenges, with dry ice-makers possibly unable to ramp up production capacity quickly enough partly due to the difficulty of acquiring enough liquid carbon dioxide to create the refrigerant.

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