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Victoria is looking to deliver the lion’s share of 51,000 air purifiers promised to schools before the start of term one, as transport problems hamper distribution. In September, the government announced it had signed a deal with South Korean tech company Samsung to supply 51,000 low-fee air-purifying devices to every government and independent school in the state. Education Secretary James Merlino said more than 20,000 of the devices – to be placed in high-risk environments such as hospital wards, canteens, staff rooms and music rooms – had been delivered to schools so far. “Even if I have to get on a truck and deliver them myself, we will have these air purifiers delivered,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “We have the next three weeks to deliver the remaining component of those 51,000.” He said the rollout faces “challenges” in the supply chain, but authorities are working with more carriers to ensure staff shortages don’t make deliveries affect. It comes as Victoria is working with NSW and other jurisdictions to develop a nationally consistent framework for schools to return after Queensland pushed back its restart date by two weeks to allow more pupils to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Mr Merlino said the state government was committed to moving beyond distance learning and lockdowns once vaccination levels were high enough. “I want every child to go back to school on day one, first semester, and we will make sure that’s the case,” he said. The national cabinet is expected to discuss health advice for returning schools during Thursday’s meeting. Australian Associated Press

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Victoria is looking to deliver the lion’s share of 51,000 air purifiers promised to schools before the start of term one, as transport problems hamper distribution.

In September, the government announced it had signed a deal with South Korean tech company Samsung to supply 51,000 low-fee air-purifying devices to every government and independent school in the state.

Education Secretary James Merlino said more than 20,000 of the devices – to be placed in high-risk environments such as hospital wards, canteens, staff rooms and music rooms – had been delivered to schools so far.

“Even if I have to get on a truck and deliver them myself, we will have these air purifiers delivered,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“We have the next three weeks to deliver the remaining component of those 51,000.”

He said the rollout faces “challenges” in the supply chain, but authorities are working with more carriers to ensure staffing shortages don’t affect deliveries.

It comes as Victoria is working with NSW and other jurisdictions to develop a nationally consistent framework for schools to return after Queensland pushed back its restart date by two weeks to allow more pupils to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Mr Merlino said the state government was committed to moving beyond distance learning and lockdowns once vaccination levels were high enough.

“I want every child to go back to school on day one, first semester, and we will make sure that’s the case,” he said.

The national cabinet is expected to discuss health advice for returning schools during Thursday’s meeting.

Australian Associated Press

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