Microbiology and immunology Professor Patrick Provost was suspended by Laval University, in Quebec City, Canada for eight weeks without pay after a video surfaced that showed him attending a conference about the risks of injections children with COVID-19 vaccines.
In a panel organized by Reinfo COVID on December 7, 2021, Provost said that an analysis of provincial data shows there is more risk of hospitalization for children from COVID-19 vaccines than the disease itself.
Speaking to The Suburban, Provost said: “As soon as you raise some concerns about vaccines, or side-effects, or complications related to vaccines, then it’s worse than the N-word. We should be able to discuss any ideas—any opinions—and because I express opinions that were going against the narrative of the government, I was suspended.”
On its website, Reinfo COVID published a letter, written by Provost on behalf of Laval University, asking for the removal of the video featuring his comments because the university could take further action, including firing him. Reinfo COVID refused to take down the video, arguing there was a need for people to know about the “utility, efficacy, risks, and ethics of vaccinating children.”
Molecular biology professor Nicolas Derome was also suspended for comments made during the panel.
“This information is very important to have in order to make a free and informed choice regarding this vaccination campaign for kids 5 to 11,” Derome said.