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|Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine documents hacked in cyber attack on European Medicines Agency|
Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine documents hacked in cyber attack on European Medicines Agency
Attack will not impact timeline for vaccine review, according to regulators
Documents related to the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine were “unlawfully accessed” in a cyberattack on Europe’s medicines regulators, the firms have said.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed on Wednesday that it had been subjected to a cyberattack but did not provide any details beyond saying a “full investigation” had been launched.
But the German half of the vaccine partnership, BioNTech, said in a statement that they were informed by the EMA that some documents related to “regulatory submission for” the vaccine had been accessed.
“It is important to note that no BioNTech or Pfizer systems have been breached in connection with this incident and we are unaware that any study participants have been identified through the data being accessed,” added the firm.
The EMA, which authorises the use of medicines across the EU, assured BioNTech that the attack “will have no impact on the timeline for its review”. The agency is due to complete its review by 29 December.
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