COVID measures should have been targeted, says a professor of immunology at Laval University.


A professor of infectious diseases and immunology has questioned Quebec’s COVID-19 pandemic management in an analysis of state data, saying the risks are exaggerated and no action is needed.

“The threat from COVID-19 was very real, but was it as serious as it was reported?” Patrick Probost said in an article published on the platform of the Québecor media company on June 22. increase.

Provost is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Laval University and is now research The focus is on ribonucleic acid (RNA).

He said the mortality rate for COVID-19 was 1.44%, but the mortality rate was overestimated because it included “COVID-induced” mortality and underreported cases.

The professor is over 70 years old since the beginning of the pandemic, mostly shortly after the first wave (April-June 2020), and shortly after the holiday blockade and curfew at the same time as the vaccine. Said that there was no excessive mortality in the state, except for. Booster campaign (January 2022).

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A man invaded the COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Quebec on December 1, 2021. (RyanRemiorz / The Canadian Press)

Provost reported that more than 90% of deaths from COVID or COVID over the age of 70 had two or more pre-existing medical conditions, and 69.2% were over the age of 80.

As for young people, he pointed out data It indicates that no more than 5 people under the age of 40 (with one or no existing medical condition) died with COVID or with COVID.

“Analysis of official government data revealed early on the number of two major risk factors for COVID-19 complications and death, old age and pre-existing medical conditions, especially obesity,” Provost wrote. increase.

Based on this data, Provost asked if restrictions such as vaccine passports and vaccine obligations were justified.

For example, was it justified to “impose such rigorous and widespread health measures rather than targeted ones to contain threats to individuals in a well-defined category?” He said.

Or was it justified to “put a muzzle on experts and scholars who criticized health measures under the threat of losing their training and employment licenses due to expert orders and pressure from institutions”? Is it?

Provost called for a review of pandemic management, saying that “we have revealed the limits, even the flaws in our system and the lives of democracies.”

Articles pulled

The Provost article was deleted by Québecor one day after publication.

“We agree with the idea discussion, but decided to remove this letter from our website,” wrote Sébastien Ménard, Editor-in-Chief of Journal de Québec. Tweet June 23rd. Journal de Québec belongs to Québecor.

“After checking, some of the elements contained therein can be inaccurate or misleading to the general public and we cannot subscribe to it.”

Provost provided a copy of Menard’s email to The Epoch Times in response to the professor’s inquiry about why his article was pulled.

The email did not point out “inaccuracies,” and Menard said he would not discuss the issue further.

Provost said the deletion of the article was “censorship”.

“why [has] Has your presentation been featured in the mass media for the past 27 months? He said in an email to the Epoch Times on June 24th.

The Epoch Times contacted Menard for comment, but did not receive a response by the issue time.

Provost articles can still be Accessed Via the Internet Archive.that too reissue By independent media company Libre Média.


The removal of the letter after publication is the first blow to a professor who is currently suspended for eight weeks without payment from Laval University, saying that there are risks associated with vaccination of children with COVID-19. There is none.

The mid-June suspension was the result of his December public comment stating that the risks of vaccination of children outweigh the benefits.

“It’s not just the risk of myocarditis [heart inflammation] And other side effects, there is no real benefit to vaccination of children, as they are not prone to develop complications from COVID, “Provost told the Epoch Times.

The professor says Laval University has accused him of presenting only one side of the problem. Provost argues that the same argument can be made to governments and some media outlets who maintain the position that vaccines are “safe and effective” despite evidence of risk.

Laval University refused to comment on the suspension of Provost.

Provost said his union is helping him lift the suspension, which has filed complaints and said the arbitrators will be weighted in the fall.

“After being suspended for exercising academic freedom and approved by two people from the Journal de Montréal, my dissertation accepted and published was pulled without a valid explanation, I all happened. I’m disappointed … I’m disappointed and very worried about the situation of democracy in Quebec. “

Noe Chartier


Noé Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret