Australia says no to 16-year-old forklift driver as a remedy for pain in the COVID-19 supply chain


Sydney — Australia scrambles to scramble millions of home test kits needed to keep its business functioning, causing a 16-year-old teenager to drive a forklift and become infected with COVID-19. Excluded addressing the shortage of workers in the supply chain.

The surge in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks has plagued hundreds of thousands of workers with illness and the need for quarantine, and the state has quickly reduced quarantine requirements to seven days.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has submitted a proposal to reduce the minimum age of forklift drivers from 18 to 16 and is looking for a solution to the shortage of workers who are currently embarrassing the economy. Earlier this week he abolished visa fees for foreign backpackers and students who want to work and study in Australia.

However, most states consider forklift operation a high-risk task that requires a license that can only be used by people over the age of 18, and after meeting with the Prime Minister on Thursday, Morrison’s proposal is a non-starter. Said that it was proved.

“We had a good discussion today, and that’s not what we believe we should collectively pursue at this point,” Morrison told the media conference.

The domestic cabinet has agreed to consider granting a New Zealand license to truck drivers to address the sector’s shortage.

Morrison’s Free National Coalition is looking for ways to ease restrictions on Australia’s transportation and food sectors and alleviate the supply chain and labor disruptions that have caused supermarket shelves to become empty.

This problem is exacerbated by the widespread shortage of rapid antigen testing (RAT), limiting the ability of workers to test themselves. This has become a hot button issue for voters ahead of the expected elections by May.

The Australian Department of Treatment Products (TGA) tentatively approved Novavax Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine and two oral treatments for vulnerable patients on Thursday.

Reuters

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