“Earlier in the evening, the Vice President’s traveling delegation was delayed from leaving Singapore because the Vice President’s office was made aware of a report of a recent abnormal health incident in Hanoi,” in Vietnam, ”the US Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement. .
“After careful evaluation, the decision was made to continue the Vice President’s trip. The delegation arrived in Vietnam just before 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, three hours later than expected.
The State Department has often used the term “abnormal health incidents” to describe Havana Syndrome, a mysterious disease of unknown origin that several US diplomats have reported with symptoms such as nausea, severe headaches, pain. ears and insomnia.
The syndrome is named after the capital of Cuba, where CIA and US State Department employees first complained of unusual sound sensations and unusual pressure in the head in 2016 and 2017. Symptoms have since had an appearance. been observed in government officials in China, Russia and Austria.
The vice president’s spokesperson declined to provide details of the delay, but told reporters traveling with Harris that “it has nothing to do with the vice president’s health.”
“I’ll note that you’ve all seen the vice president on the tarmac,” spokesman Symone Sanders said. “She’s fine, everything’s fine, and [she is] looking forward to meetings in Hanoi tomorrow.
Last week, two U.S. officials in Germany complained of symptoms similar to those associated with Havana Syndrome, a person familiar with the matter told the Financial Times.
The United States has not publicly identified who it believes is responsible for the incidents.
Harris is due to spend Wednesday and Thursday in Vietnam. She is the oldest member of President Joe Biden’s administration to visit the region. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was visiting Hanoi in July.
Harris met Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, and in a speech on Tuesday she described the Indo-Pacific region as “extremely important to our nation, its security and its prosperity.”
She also criticized China, saying, “Beijing continues to coerce, intimidate and claim the vast majority of the South China Sea.”