Possible ‘Havana Syndrome’ Incident in Hanoi Delays Harris’s Arrival There

Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed Tuesday for greater than three hours as she was departing from Singapore for Vietnam due to a report of a current attainable “anomalous health incident” in Hanoi, the place she’s going to focus on public well being methods and search to bolster partnerships in the South China Sea, an important piece of President Biden’s technique to counter the rising financial affect of China.

“Anomalous health incident” is how the Biden administration usually refers to instances of the so-called “Havana Syndrome” assaults, the unexplained complications, dizziness and reminiscence loss reported by scores of State Department officers, C.I.A. officers and their households.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Harris, Symone Sanders, assured reporters touring with the vp on her second overseas journey since taking workplace that her well being was not affected.

“You saw her get onto the plane. She is well, all is fine and looking forward to meetings in Hanoi tomorrow,” Ms. Sanders mentioned when pressed on the reason for the delay. She later added: “This has nothing to do with the vice president’s health.”

A State Department spokesman mentioned in an announcement that “after careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the vice president’s trip.” The delegation arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday evening.

Before departing for the airport, Ms. Harris participated in a closed-door meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy workers. Members of the press corps touring together with her have been already loaded right into a motorcade awaiting her departure after they have been abruptly despatched again to their lodge rooms, earlier than being summoned again to proceed the journey.

Upon arriving in Hanoi aboard Air Force Two, Ms. Harris didn’t reply to a shouted query from a reporter about why she determined to proceed on her journey in the wake of the report.