The European Medicines Agency (EMA) responsible for COVID-19 vaccine approval was hit with a cyberattack of an undisclosed nature
The EMA is a decentralized agency for the European Union responsible for evaluating, monitoring, and supervising new medicines introduced to the EU.
The European Medicines Agency has posted a statement on their website stating that they have suffered a cyberattack and are investigating with law enforcement.
As the investigation is going on, any additional details are not available at the moment.
The Agency added that they are fully functional and all work continues.
Pfizer and BioNTech published a joined statement in which the companies disclosed that some documents related to their COVID-19 submissions were accessed by the cyber criminals during EMA’s cyberattack.
The documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162b2 was stored on an EMA server and it has been accessed by the attackers.
The Agency evaluates COVID-19 vaccines for approval in the EU and they are currently reviewing the applications for Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.