The US company Pfizer said, on Wednesday, that documents and files related to the Covid-19 vaccine, which is produced with the German company Biontech, were stolen through a cyberattack targeting the European Medicines Agency.
In a statement posted on its website, Pfizer said that “the Pfizer and Biontech systems were not violated during the attack” and that the company “was not aware of the possibility of certain data being stolen from it.”
The European Union Medicines Regulatory Authority, which is currently looking into the issue of granting approval for many anti-Coronavirus vaccines, previously reported Wednesday that it had fallen victim to a cyberattack.
The Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency confirmed in a statement that “the agency was subjected to a cyberattack,” explaining that it “hastened to initiate a comprehensive investigation in close cooperation with law enforcement agencies and other relevant entities.”
“The European Medicines Agency cannot give additional details while the investigation is continuing. More information will be provided in due course,” she added.
The European Medicines Agency had confirmed that it would announce its decision on conditional approval of the Fayez / Biontech vaccine at a meeting to be held no later than December 29.
A decision on Moderna’s vaccine should follow by January 12th.
The regulator is also conducting reviews of the two vaccines developed by the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.