While the race for vaccination against Covid-19 is now launched around the world, the European Medicines Agency has reportedly been the victim of a cyber attack. Documents on the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech have been hacked.
“The MEA was the object of a cyberattack”
Currently, theEuropean Medicines Agency (AEM) deliberates on the issuance of authorizations to several vaccines against the coronavirus. However, she said, Wednesday, December 9, to have been targeted by a cyberattack, without specifying when the attack took place or by whom it was carried out.
“The agency quickly opened an investigation”
According to information relayed by numerous media, documents related to the authorization request of the vaccine laboratories Pfizer and BioNTech would have been hacked. The agency said it quickly opened an investigation “comprehensive, in close cooperation with the police”.
Documents related to the vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech “have been consulted illegally”
BioNTech, leading the race for vaccines against Covid-19, claimed to have been advised of the situation by theAEM. The latter would have told him that “some documents relating to the regulatory submission for the vaccine… BNT162b2, which were stored on an EMA server, were illegally accessed”.
The agency is reassuring
According to the laboratory, theAEM would have assured that this cyberattack would not have “no impact on the timetable for its examination”, report RTL. The agency should render its decision on conditional authorization of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine atu no later than December 29, 2020.
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