George Webb and Dr. Paul Cottrell have mentioned in several videos, the early research on corona viruses at the US bioweapons research establishment at Fort Detrick and universities such as the University of North Carolina. When the US government legislative branch became aware of this dangerous gain-of-function research, the program was sent offshore, notably to the Wuhan Virology Institute. The US government continued to fund this research.

A Genetically Engineered Virus – The American Genesis of SARS-CoV-2