"Multiple government sources" have indicated that the initial individuals infected by the coronavirus were researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). These sources asserted with certainty that the three researchers were the first to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while allegedly conducting modifications on a closely related virus.

In a report published Saturday, the New York Post emphasized that it is becoming increasingly difficult to overlook the significant likelihood of a lab leak initiating the global pandemic, resulting in nearly 7 million deaths and immeasurable economic consequences.

Previously identified as patients zero, Ben Hu, Yu Ping and Yan Zhu were implicated as WIV scientists who experienced COVID-19 symptoms as early as November 2019, a month prior to the world becoming aware of the outbreak. They were reportedly part of a research program focused on "gain-of-function" experiments, which aimed to enhance the virus' infectiousness and gain a deeper understanding of its risks, as disclosed by various U.S. government officials.

Jamie Metzl, an expert from the World Health Organization (WHO), stressed the potential significance of proving that Hu contracted COVID-19 before anyone else, stating that it would be a "smoking gun." Metzl referred to Hu as the lead researcher directly involved in the hands-on aspects of the research. The mounting evidence also places responsibility on China for allegedly orchestrating an extensive cover-up, facilitated by individuals ranging from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Big Tech to numerous liberals and left-leaning media voices, who initially downplayed the lab-leak theory and suppressed those who presented evidence supporting it.

According to another recent report, the pandemic could have been contained if China had promptly alerted the world about the outbreak instead of censoring information.

Additionally, it was revealed that U.S. taxpayer funds, amounting to at least $2 million, were allocated to the Wuhan lab between 2014 and 2021, through the National Institute of Health, the University of California and the EcoHealth Alliance, according to a Government Accountability Office breakdown.

Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported on covert experiments involving Chinese scientists that allegedly resulted in a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, ultimately leading to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outlet claimed that the experiments, conducted in collaboration with the Chinese military, aimed to increase the infectivity of coronaviruses found in bat caves.

U.S. scientists working alongside their counterparts at the WIV acknowledged the insertion of "furin cleavage sites" into SARS-like viruses in 2019, which is believed to have contributed to COVID-19's heightened transmissibility.

Although the precise timing of when government officials became aware of these scientists and other crucial details remains unclear, President Donald Trump mentioned as early as April 30, 2020, that he had seen evidence linking COVID-19 to a lab in Wuhan, albeit without providing specific details.

As the New York Post highlighted, the United States must address China's alarming role in the release and subsequent cover-up of the COVID-19 plague. Additionally, numerous U.S. officials and journalists will face scrutiny in explaining their involvement in this matter.