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Hand sanitizer will be hard to find for a long time

FILE – In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a sign on a shelf at a QFC grocery store in Kirkland, Wash., advises shoppers that all hand sanitizer products are sold out.    Legions of nervous hoarders are stocking up on canned goods, frozen dinners, toilet paper, and cleaning products.  Such hoarding that’s expected to last for weeks has created big challenges for discounters and grocery stores as well as food delivery services. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) NY128 NY128

According to the companies making the alcohol-based hand cleaner, higher production isn't translating into more supply in part because there aren't enough of the plastic bottles to package it. A key compound used in the process is also in short supply.

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