Pfizer & BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine’s data hacked and unlawfully accessed from the European Medicines Agency (EMA)

German company BioNTech and US pharmaceutical company Pfizer claim their coronavirus data were hacked and unlawfully accessed. This was done when there was a cyberattack on the servers of European Medicines Agency (also some more confidential data). 

Inside Story 

On Wednesday the Amsterdam-based agency, that asses requests for conditional marketing authorisation were targeted during the cyberattack. This authorization is for various COVID-19 vaccines which are to be used in the large 27-nation European Union. 

However, this report has been confirmed by the agency itself. 

Moreover, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) refused to provide more details about the cyberattack while the investigation goes on proceeding.

Some valuable documents associating to the regulatory submission for BioNTech‘s COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer was unlawfully accessed. Both the companies later confirmed this. 

BioNTech’s COVID- 19 vaccine, BNT162b2 and Pfizer, valuable documents had accessed unlawfully which were stored on the highly protected EMA server.

They moreover added to this that no Pfizer or BioNTech systems had been breached in connection when this incident occurred. 

Which means both the companies weren’t aware that any study participants had been recognized during the data access.  

After The Incident

The company after this said they are awaiting any further information about EMA’s investigation. After getting any information related to the case study they will respond suitably and per the EU law.

They added, EMA has assured them that there will be no effect on the timeline for its survey after the cyber attack.

These vaccines made by Pfizer and BioNTech became the very first vaccine to be permitted emergency authorization. 

This was authorization was first made in Britain last week, and further on Wednesday in Canada.

Also, it’s expected that on Thursday there will be a submission for approval by the US FDA.

However, this isn’t the very first entity linked with cyberattack targeted on coronavirus data.

It’s been reported by Microsoft last month that they had identified many tries by hackers from state-backed Russian and North Korean to break the protocol and steal valuable data.

And this data is none other than from vaccine researchers and leading pharmaceutical companies. 

Microsoft also confirmed that most of these attacks were targeted to States directly involved in coronavirus vaccine research like – Canada, South Korea, France, India, and the United States. 

This is all we know about the cyberattack on Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine data. Stay tuned! We bring the latest news and update very first. 


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