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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine documents hacked in cyber attack on European Medicines Agency

Documents related to the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine were “unlawfully accessed” in a cyber attack on Europe’s medicines regulators, the firms have said.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed earlier on Wednesday that it had been subjected to a cyber attack 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 this evening they were informed by the EMA that some documents related to “regulatory submission for” the vaccine has 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.


Dokumenti o cepivu proizvajalcev Pfizer / BioNTech so bili tarča kibernetskega napada na Evropsko agencijo za zdravila

Do dokumentov, povezanih z razvojem cepiva podjetij Pfizer / BioNTech za Covid-19, so "nezakonito dostopali" v kibernetskem napadu na evropskega regulatorja zdravil, so sporočili iz podjetij.

Evropska agencija za zdravila (EMA) je v sredo prej potrdila, da je bila izpostavljena kibernetskemu napadu, vendar ni navedla nobenih podrobnosti, razen da je bila uvedena "popolna preiskava".


Toda nemška polovica partnerstva za cepiva, BioNTech, je danes zvečer v izjavi sporočila, da jih je EMA obvestila, da so dostopali do nekaterih dokumentov, povezanih z "regulativno predložitvijo" cepiva.


"Pomembno je opozoriti, da v zvezi s tem dogodkom ni bilo napada na noben sistem BioNTech-a ali Pfizer-ja in mi ne vemo, da bi do podatkov dostopal kdo od identificiranih udeležencev študije," dodajajo v podjetju.


EMA, ki izdaja dovoljenja za uporabo zdravil po vsej EU, je družbi BioNTech zagotovila, da napad "ne bo vplival na časovni načrt za pregled". Agencija naj bi pregled zaključila do 29. decembra.


vir: INDEPENDENT - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pfizer-biontech-vaccine-cyber-attack-covid-b1768946.html



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