Kamala Harris’ Vietnam flight delayed by possible ‘Havana syndrome’

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Vice President Kamala Harris departs Singapore for travel to Vietnam on Aug. 24, 2021.

Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight from Singapore to Vietnam had to be pushed back several hours Tuesday over a possible “Havana syndrome” case.

The US Embassy in Hanoi issued a statement blaming “a recent possible anomalous health incident” in Hanoi for the three-hour delay of Harris’ flight.

An “anomalous health incident” is a term the US government has used to describe so-called “Havana syndrome” — a mysterious condition that includes dizziness, nausea, migraines and memory lapses.

The condition got its name from a rash of health incidents first reported by American officials in Havana, Cuba, starting in 2016 and 2017.

The veep’s office has refused to comment on what caused the three-hour delay.

Vice President Kamala Harris departs Singapore for travel to Vietnam on Aug. 24, 2021.
Vice President Kamala Harris departs Singapore for travel to Vietnam on Aug. 24, 2021.
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Before reports emerged on the cause, Harris’ rep, Symone Sanders, only said the VP was “well” but did not elaborate.

“You saw her get onto the plane. She is well. All is fine,” Sanders told reporters.

The embassy in Hanoi issued the statement only after Harris had departed Singapore.

“Earlier this evening, the Vice President’s traveling delegation was delayed from departing Singapore because the Vice President’s office was made aware of a report of a recent possible anomalous health incident in Hanoi, Vietnam,” the statement said.

“After careful assessment, the decision was made to continue with the Vice President’s trip.”

Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight from Singapore to Vietnam had to be pushed back over a possible “Havana syndrome” case.
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Harris has faced criticism for going ahead with her planned Asia trip amid the US’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Vietnam trip, which is only her second abroad as VP, has already been dominated by questions related to Afghanistan.

During a joint news conference Monday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned Harris that the rest of the world will be watching closely to see what the US does next on the world stage following its chaotic retreat from Afghanistan.

Kamala Harris departs Singapore for travel to Vietnam, August, 24, 2021.
Kamala Harris departs Singapore for travel to Vietnam, August, 24, 2021.
REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

“Countries make calculations and take positions, and they have to make recalculations and adjust their positions from time to time,” Lee said. “Sometimes, it can be done smoothly. Sometimes, there are hiccups. Sometimes, things go awry and take time to put right.”

With Post wires

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