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The development of at least three successful vaccines against Covid-19 has rightly been praised around the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that scientists have saved the world as we know it.

The teams behind Britain’s Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab, the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine in Germany, and the Moderna vaccine in the US have pulled off an achievement that bears comparison with the moon landings as one of the greatest scientific achievements ever made.

This is a moment to applaud the scientists who are working to protect us from coronavirus.

In Malta too, the scientific community is hard at work, supported by our dedicated team at Evolve.

Malta has developed a culture for excellent science and we’re exceptionally proud of Evolve’s expert engineers and application specialists who joined forces with our partners at Illumina to advise the teams at Mater Dei Hospital.

Biomedical scientists in the hospital’s Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory are making use of additional tools known as Amplicon Sequencing and Metagenomics Next Generation Sequencing to identify the fast-spreading coronavirus variant that was first detected in London before Christmas.

The team, led by Dr Graziella Zahra, is working with researchers at the University of Malta to better understand how the new variant of the COVID virus spreads in Malta. Evolve is proud to be playing a part in that work.

At Evolve, we believe that good science depends on scientists being honest and transparent, and not hyping or over-promising.

Scientific advance begins with discovery, and the Covid vaccines are a remarkable success story of scientists working together and sharing knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

High-quality science based on observation, experimentation and analysis has also led to accurate tests that can detect minute quantities of the virus and to better treatments for Covid.

Science is our greatest hope for the future. Given the chance, it will improve our lives, provide prosperity and protect the planet.

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