World European Medicines Agency claims victim of cyberattack

European Medicines Agency claims victim of cyberattack


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A lab technician with blood samples from volunteers at the Moderna vaccine candidate clinical trials in Miami on September 2. – Taimy Alvarez / AP / SIPA

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is currently deliberating on the issuance of marketing authorizations for several vaccines against Covid-19, said it was the victim of a cyberattack on Wednesday.

The Amsterdam-based agency said an investigation had been launched, without specifying when the attack took place.

Four vaccines under study for the coming weeks

“The MEA was the subject of a cyber attack. The agency quickly opened a full investigation, in close cooperation with the police, ”the European agency said in a brief statement. “The MEA cannot provide further details while the investigation is ongoing,” she added.

The European Medicines Agency is currently reviewing several vaccines against the novel coronavirus. Its decision on conditional authorization of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is scheduled for December 29 at the latest and on that of Moderna by January 12. It also looks at those developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, as well as Johnson & Johnson.



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