WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement in response to reports indicating that the same foreign actors linked to election interference in 2016 are hacking into databases containing COVID-19 vaccine research: 

“Reports indicate the same foreign actors who interfered in our elections in 2016 are once again hacking into our systems -- this time targeting COVID-19 vaccine research. We are just 109 days from Election Day and this is an urgent reminder that we need to do more to secure our critical infrastructure, including our election systems, from coordinated attacks. We need to act now to defend and protect our democracy because we know these foreign actors will work to exploit any vulnerability and we cannot let that happen again.”