She said a company Pfizer American PharmaceuticalsHer partner German BioNTech: Documents related to the illegal development of the Coronavirus vaccine were accessed in a cyberattack on the European Medicines Agency EMA.
The European Medicines Agency said: It was targeted in a cyber attack, without providing further details.
Pfizer and BioNTech have indicated that they do not believe that the personal data of the participants in the trial has been compromised and that the European Medicines Agency has confirmed that the cyber attack will have no effect on the schedule for evaluating the vaccine.
The European Medicines Agency stated that it was subjected to a cyber attack and that some documents related to the regulatory introduction of the Corona vaccine to Pfizer and BioNTech have been viewed.
The experts said: Such documents could be of great value to other countries and companies rushing to develop vaccines.
And when it comes to data provided to these types of regulatory agencies, we’re talking about confidential information about the vaccine, its mechanism of action, efficacy, risks, known potential side effects and any unique aspects, such as handling guidelines.
The data also provides detailed information about other parties involved in the supply and distribution of the vaccine and has the potential to significantly increase the ways in which formulas or production can be compromised or stolen.
The two companies said: No BioNTech or Pfizer systems have been compromised in connection with this incident, and we are not aware that any study participant was identified from the data accessed.
Hacking attempts against healthcare and medical institutions intensified during the Corona pandemic, as attackers searched for information.
Reuters had previously reported that hackers linked to North Korea, South Korea, Iran, Vietnam, China and Russia tried on separate occasions to steal information about the virus and possible treatments.
Spying campaigns have targeted a large number of drug and vaccine development companies, and regulatory bodies and international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have come under frequent attacks.
The respiratory virus, which appeared in China in late 2019, has infected more than 68 million people worldwide, and killed more than 1.5 million people.