EMA says cyberattack has not disrupted work on COVID vaccines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA)  confirmed on Wednesday that it had been subjected to a cyber attack but was reluctant to provide any details beyond saying a “full investigation” had been launched.

U.S. drug maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech admitted that, the documents related to the development of their COVID-19 vaccine had been “unlawfully accessed” by the hackers.

The head of the EMA said on Thursday that the agency’s work assessing COVID-19 vaccines had not been disrupted by the cyberattack.

“We have been subject to a cyber attack over the last couple of weeks,” Emer Cooke told EU lawmakers during a hearing on Thursday. “I can assure you that this will not affect the timeline for delivery of vaccines and that we are fully functional.”