Europe – EMA hit by cyberattack, Pfizer-BioNTech documents accessed

In a scant notice posted to its website on Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) divulged that it has been hit by a cyberattack. While the agency did not reveal any details about the extent of the attack, German vaccine developer BioNTech issued a statement saying that documents related its COVID-19 vaccine developed in partnership with Pfizer were “unlawfully 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. At this time, we await further information about EMA’s investigation and will respond appropriately and in accordance with EU law. EMA has assured us that the cyber attack will have no impact on the timeline for its review,” BioNTech stated in its press release announcing the attack.

In its notice, EMA said it “swiftly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant entities,” upon learning of the attack but is unable to provide further details while the investigation is ongoing…