World Suspected Havana Syndrome Cases in Vietnam Did Not Involve White House Staff
US Vice President Harris ends Asia tour with fresh jab at China
In visits to Singapore and Vietnam, Kamala Harris charged China with bullying its neighbours in the region.In visits to Singapore and Vietnam, Harris charged China with bullying its neighbours in the region, triggering sharp rebukes from Beijing, which accused the US of meddling in regional affairs and disrupting the peace.
Suspected Havana Syndrome cases in Vietnam did not involve anyone working for the vice president or the White House staff, according to officials.
U.S. officials said two separate cases of unexplained health incidents have been reported by U.S. personnel in Vietnam within the past week. An investigation is ongoing, and officials did not say specifically who was affected, only that it did not involve White House staff, according to the Associated Press.
Harris offers Vietnam help to counter China in South China Sea
Vice President Harris offered the U.S's support to Vietnam in several areas including bolstering its maritime security as tensions between the Southeast Asian country and China continue to rise.Reuters reported that Harris met with top Vietnamese leaders including President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.A White House official told Reuters that Harris offered aid to Vietnam in support of COVID-19 vaccination programs and efforts to combat climate change. On Wednesday, Harris announced the U.S. would be donating an additional 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam.
White House press secretarysaid Tuesday that the latest reported case of the suspected syndrome had not yet been confirmed by officials but did not involve anyone traveling with Vice President , the AP reported.
"There was an assessment done of the safety of the vice president, and there was a decision made that she could continue travel along with her staff," Psaki said.
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U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the two possible cases of the syndrome that delayed Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam.
The investigation was in its early stages and officials deemed it safe for Harris to make her scheduled stop in Vietnam, after initially hitting pause for a few hours on Tuesday. Havana Syndrome is the name for a rash of mysterious health incidents first reported by American diplomats and other government employees in the Cuban capital beginning in 2016. Harris on her trip is reassuring Asian allies after the tumultuous evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Two US diplomats to be evacuated from Vietnam after 'acoustic incidents': report
Two U.S. diplomats have reportedly been evacuated out of Vietnam due to reported "Havana syndrome" incidents this week.The incidents were apparently the cause of Vice President Harris's flight delay to Singapore on Tuesday.Senior U.S. officials told NBC News that the "anomalous health incident" that Harris's office cited for the delays was, in fact, suspected cases of Havana syndrome, the mysterious illness that has primarily affected diplomats in overseas offices. It was first detected in 2016 when it affected CIA officials in Havana.
On Wednesday, Harris appeared before U.S. diplomatic staff in Hanoi to sign a lease to a new embassy there. She didn't weigh in directly on the Havana Syndrome situation but expressed gratitude to those working for the U.S. across the globe.
"Here's my message to embassy staff: thank you. The people who work in our embassies around the world are extraordinary public servants who represent the best of what the United States believes itself to be and aspires to be, which is a good neighbor for our partners and our allies around the globe," she said.
On Wednesday, Harris was highlighting the announcement that the U.S. will send 1 million additional doses of thevaccine to Vietnam, bringing the total U.S. vaccine donation to that country to 6 million doses.
The U.S. will also provide $23 million to help Vietnam expand distribution and access to vaccines, combat the pandemic and prepare for future disease threats. The Defense Department is also delivering 77 freezers to store vaccines throughout the country.
What Is Havana Syndrome? Kamala Harris Singapore Trip Slightly Delayed Over Suspected Case
Havana syndrome symptoms can include sudden pain and pressure in the head and ears, inexplicably hearing a loud noise, nausea, confusion and disorientation.The "anomalous health incident" refers to an affliction called "Havana syndrome," an obscure string of health occurrences first documented in late 2016 by American diplomats and other government workers in Havana, the Associated Press reported. It is unknown at this time who and how many people may be experiencing the ailment in Hanoi.
Some of those affected by Havana Syndrome report hearing a loud piercing sound and feeling intense pressure in the face. Pain, nausea and dizziness sometimes follow.
Similar, unexplained health ailments have since been reported by Americans serving in other countries, including Germany, Austria, Russia and China. A variety of theories have been floated to explain the incidents, including targeted microwaves or sonic attack, perhaps as part of an espionage or hacking effort.
Particularly alarming are revelations of at least two possible incidents in the Washington area, including one case near the White House in November in which an official reported dizziness. Administration officials have speculated that Russia may be involved, a suggestion Moscow has denied.
Congress has raised alarms over such incidents, finding rare bipartisan support in the House andfor a continued government-wide investigation into the syndrome, response as well as support for American personnel receiving medical monitoring and treatment.
Possible Havana syndrome case delays Harris trip to Vietnam
HANOI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam was delayed several hours Tuesday by an investigation into two possible cases of the so-called Havana Syndrome in Hanoi, administration officials said. The investigation was in its early stages and officials deemed it safe for Harris to make her scheduled stop in Vietnam, which is part of her trip across Asia meant to reassure allies about American foreign policy amid the tumultuous evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
The Biden administration is facing new pressure to resolve the mystery as the number of reported cases of possible attack has sharply grown. But scientists and government officials aren't yet certain about who might have been behind any attacks, if the symptoms could have been caused inadvertently by surveillance equipment—or if the incidents were actually attacks.
Vietnam speeds up Hanoi vaccine drive; 1M jabs over weekend .
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is speeding up its vaccination program in an effort to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions in major cities by the end of the month, the government said Monday. Health workers administered vaccines throughout the night in the capital, Hanoi, which has been under lockdown since July. More than a million vaccine shots were given over the weekend in Hanoi, out of around 5.5 million administered there since vaccinations started in March, the Health Ministry said. © Provided by Associated Press A health worker administers a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Vung Tau, Vietnam, Monday, Sep. 13, 2021.