Possible ‘Havana Syndrome’ Incident in Hanoi Delays Kamala 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 latest attainable “anomalous health incident” in Hanoi, the place she’s going to talk about 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 sometimes refers to circumstances 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 a press release that “after careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the vice president’s trip.” The delegation arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday night time.

Before departing for the airport, Ms. Harris participated in a closed-door meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees. Members of the press corps touring along with her have been already loaded right into a motorcade awaiting her departure once 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.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, mentioned that the incident was not a confirmed case, however that it was reported publicly and “was not a person traveling in her party or anything along those lines.” Ms. Psaki mentioned the vp had not been in contact with anybody experiencing signs.