Vice President Harris’ trip from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed by quite three hours Tuesday after her staff was made conscious of “a recent possible anomalous health incident” in Hanoi, consistent with a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.
The “anomalous health incident” — which is how the U.S. State Department refers to mysterious symptoms that have affected dozens of USA citizens working in embassies and consulates across the planet — affected embassy staff in Vietnam but not anyone from the vice president’s staff.
U.S. officials still do not know what causes these symptoms, usually mentioned as “Havana Syndrome,” but there are theories that involve targeted microwave or sonic attacks. Havana Syndrome has affected quite 200 U.S. officials and their relations around the world in countries like Cuba and China.
NBC News reported that a minimum of two U.S. personnel in Hanoi is going to be medevaced out of the country after the Havana Syndrome incidents over the weekend. NPR has not independently confirmed this reporting.
The embassy statement said that “after careful assessment” the choice was made for the vice-chairman to continue on. Harris is in Southeast Asia for a weeklong visit, her second international trip while in office, to assist the administration rebuild relationships with allies within the region as China expands its influence.