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Joe Biden signs legislation supporting ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims

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‘Havana Syndrome’: Dozens of cases have been reported in US embassies around the world. (file)

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President Joe Biden signed a law on Friday that provides financial aid for victims of mysterious headaches and nausea suffered by US diplomats, known as “Havana Syndrome.”

The Havana Act provides financial compensation for members of the State Department and CIA who suffer brain injuries that US officials suspect may have directed microwave attacks.

Dozens of cases at US embassies around the world have started with a cluster in Havana, Cuba. The cause of the diseases has not been fully diagnosed and the identity of the attacker, if any, has not been disclosed.

“I want to thank Congress for passing it unanimously with bipartisan support, sending a clear message that we take care of ourselves,” Biden said in a statement.

“Civil servants, intelligence officers, diplomats, and military personnel around the world have been affected by disproportionate health incidents. Some are battling brain injuries that have curtailed their careers of serving our country.”

The law’s lead author, Republican Senator Susan Collins, said in a statement that “Havana Syndrome” illnesses have struck more than 40 US workers in Cuba, beginning in 2016 and dozens elsewhere, including some reportedly on US soil. are also included.

According to US media reports, a member of the team of CIA Director William Burns had similar symptoms during the visit of the intelligence chief to India this month.

Two US officials in Germany were also among the recent victims, and the New Yorker reported that there have been dozens of cases involving US officials in Vienna, Austria alone.

Collins said the new law would provide assistance to victims.

“Many ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims have had to contend with bureaucracy to care for their debilitating injuries,” she said.

“For those victims, the Havana Act will ensure that they receive the financial and medical help they deserve. It also reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that our government knows who is responsible. “

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