Caneva’s plea was disclosed in the email sent to the school by Buddy Parker, Lee’s attorney.
One Feb. 23 Red Dawn email, as disclosed by the Times, underscores the government’s reliance on Lee.
It was sent by Dr. Robert Kadlec, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services response team and a key White House advisor. He exchanges comments with Lee about a recent study that confirmed a 20-year-old woman had infected five relatives after leaving Wuhan, China, even though she had no symptoms of the disease.
“Eva, is this true?!” Kadlec asked. “If so we have a huge (hole) on our screening and quarantine effort.”
On March 2, Lee wrote, “We need actions, actions, actions and more actions. We are going to have pockets of epicenters across this country. Our policy leaders need to act now. Please make it happen!”
When President Donald Trump announced European travel restrictions in a national address on March 11, Lee was among a number of Red Dawn members frustrated the president did not go far enough.
“I was hoping he would mention about schools, government and private sector telework, community gatherings, things that really need everyone to actively engage in,” she wrote. “And also extra resources for health care providers. We must protect them because they are invaluable resources and we don’t have enough.”
At that time, Lee was exchanging messages with Tom Bossert, Trump’s former homeland security adviser, and Dr. James Lawler, an infectious disease expert at the University of Nebraska who served in the White House under former President George W. Bush.
In a statement issued March 27, Georgia Tech said it needed “a request, in writing, from a senior official overseeing the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that formally requests her involvement.”
The school noted it had reached out to Caneva, but he said Lee had not been “formally engaged by him” and he could not identify a point of contact in central command that Georgia Tech could reach out to.
In his renewed request, Parker noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, was included in the Red Dawn email chain. The emails also show that Caneva is a senior U.S. official overseeing the government's response, Parker said.
Lee’s computer modeling program RealOpt, which she has made available for free to agencies across the country, is needed to use by the states for testing, as well as the eventual distribution of vaccines, Parker wrote. “Dr. Lee needs access to the 200 computers housed at Georgia Tech which are currently being unused, as thousands die from COVID-19.”
In a statement issued Tuesday, Georgia Tech said, “We have received and are reviewing the communication from Dr. Lee’s attorney.”