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Another unlikely pandemic shortage: bubble tea

Tapioca pearls used in boba tea at Teahut in San Francisco, April 15, 2021. Boba tea’s signature ingredient, tapioca pearls, could soon be in short supply because of delays in unloading cargo ships from Asia. (Kelsey McClellan/The New York Times)

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Tapioca, the starch used to make the featured topping in the popular boba tea drink, is in short supply, yet another sign of how the pandemic has snarled global supply chains, upended industries and created scarcities of goods. VIEW

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