Foreigners have hacked the European Medicines Agency’s system. The EMA is responsible for the evaluation and monitoring of medicines, including corona vaccines.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been the target of a cyber attack. The EU authority, which is currently investigating several applications for approval of corona vaccines, announced Wednesday at its headquarters in Amsterdam. The agency immediately launched an extensive investigation and is working closely with the authorities. The EMA did not initially provide any further details, such as the time of the cyber attack.
The drug authority is currently at the center of the Corona crisis. In the EU, she is responsible for the approval process for medicines, including corona vaccines.
Approval scheduled for the end of December
The EMA is currently seeking approval of the Biontech Pfizer vaccine by the end of December and the Moderna drug by mid-January. EMA experts have already analyzed large amounts of data from preliminary tests of the companies in recent months, Emer Cooke, the head of the authority, said earlier this month.
The UK health authorities have already granted emergency approval for the corona vaccine from Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer. People in the UK have been vaccinated en masse since Tuesday.