Amsterdam, 15 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Documents related to coronavirus vaccines belonging to the European Medicines Agency were stolen, manipulated and then published online, the agency said on Friday.
The documents included confidential emails concerning the evaluation of vaccines, dating from November.
“Some of the emails were manipulated by the thieves to undermine trust in the vaccines,” the agency said.
In December, cybercriminals hacked the EMA‘s computer system and gained access to documents belonging to vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and BioNTech.
It was not yet known where the EMA documents were published.
The hackers’ identity and motives also remain unclear and an investigation is under way.
The EMA evaluates vaccines and medicines before recommending to the European Union whether they should be approved
So far, two vaccines are approved for use in the EU, by Pfizer/BioNTech and by Moderna.
The agency’s work was not affected by the cyberattack, the EMA said.