• Analytic comparison between three high-throughput commercial SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays reveals minor discrepancies in a high-incidence population 

      Nasrallah, Gheyath K; Dargham, Soha R; Shurrab, Farah; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel; ... more authors ( Nature Research , 2021 , Article)
      Performance of three automated commercial serological IgG-based assays was investigated for assessing SARS-CoV-2 "ever" (past or current) infection in a population-based sample in a high exposure setting. PCR and serological ...
    • Assessment of the Neutralizing Antibody Response of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines in Naïve and Previously Infected Individuals: A Comparative Study 

      Shurrab, Farah M.; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W.; Abou-Saleh, Haissam; Al-Dewik, Nader; Elsharafi, Amira E.; ... more authors ( MDPI , 2022 , Report)
      The currently authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BNT162b2 and Moderna-mRNA-1273, offer great promise for reducing the spread of the COVID-19 by generating protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2. Recently, it was ...
    • Assessment of the Risk of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Reinfection in an Intense Reexposure Setting 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J.; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Malek, Joel A.; Ahmed, Ayeda A.; Mohamoud, Yasmin A.; ... more authors ( NLM (Medline) , 2021 , Article)
      BACKGROUND: Risk of reinfection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is unknown. We assessed the risk and incidence rate of documented SARS-CoV-2 reinfection in a cohort of laboratory-confirmed ...
    • Association of Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Risk of Breakthrough Infection Following mRNA Vaccination in Qatar. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; ... more authors ( American Medical Association , 2021 , Article)
      The effect of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection on vaccine protection remains poorly understood. To assess protection from SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection after mRNA vaccination among persons with vs without prior SARS-CoV-2 ...
    • Associations of Vaccination and of Prior Infection with Positive PCR Test Results for SARS-CoV-2 in Airline Passengers Arriving in Qatar 

      Bertollini, Roberto; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M.; Al-Thani, Mohamed H.; Al-Khal, Abdullatif; ... more authors ( American Medical Association , 2021 , Other)
      The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has severely affected international travel. With efficacious COVID-19 vaccines available, Qatar implemented a pilot program between February 18 and April 26, 2021, to ease travel restrictions by ...
    • BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Qatar. 

      Tang, Patrick; Hasan, Mohammad R; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; ... more authors ( Nature Researc , 2021 , Article)
      With the global expansion of the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, we conducted a matched test-negative case-control study to assess the real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccines ...
    • Can commercial automated immunoassays be utilized to predict neutralizing antibodies after SARS-CoV-2 infection? A comparative study between three different assays. 

      Ismail, Ahmed; Shurrab, Farah M; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel T; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W; Qotba, Hamda; ... more authors ( IMR , 2021 , Article)
      Background: High-throughput assays that can infer neutralizing activity against SARS-CoV-2 are of great importance for assessing the immunity induced by natural infection and COVID-19 vaccines. We aimed to evaluate the ...
    • Characterizing the effective reproduction number during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from Qatar’s experience 

      Bsat, Raghid; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; Hasan, Mohammad R; ... more authors ( International Society of Global Health , 2022 , Article)
      Background: The effective reproduction number, Rt, is a tool to track and understand epidemic dynamics. This investigation of Rt estimations was conducted to guide the national COVID-19 response in Qatar, from the onset ...
    • Coronavirus Disease 2019 Disease Severity in Children Infected With the Omicron Variant 

      Butt, A.A.; Butt, Adeel A.; Dargham, Soha R.; Loka, Srusvin; Shaik, Riyazuddin M.; ... more authors ( NLM (Medline) , 2022 , Article)
      SHORT SUMMARY: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection from the Omicron variant in children/adolescents is less severe than infection from the Delta variant. Those 6 to <18 years also have less severe ...
    • COVID-19 Disease Severity in Persons Infected with Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 Sublineages and Association with Vaccination Status 

      Butt, Adeel A.; Dargham, Soha R.; Coyle, Peter; Yassine, Hadi M.; Al-Khal, Abdullatif; ... more authors ( American Medical Association , 2022 , Other)
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    • Covid-19 Vaccine Protection among Children and Adolescents in Qatar. 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Ayoub, Houssein H; Altarawneh, Heba N; Coyle, Peter; ... more authors ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2022 , Article)
      The BNT162b2 vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been authorized for use in children 5 to 11 years of age and adolescents 12 to 17 years of age but in different antigen doses. We assessed the real-world ...
    • Dengue and chikungunya seroprevalence among Qatari nationals and immigrants residing in Qatar. 

      Humphrey, John M; Al-Absi, Enas S; Hamdan, Munia M; Okasha, Sara S; Al-Trmanini, Diyna M; ... more authors ( Public Library of Science , 2019 , Article)
      The objective of this study is to characterize the seroprevalence of anti-dengue (DENV) and anti-chikungunya (CHIKV) antibodies among blood donors residing in Qatar who are Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nationals and ...
    • Diagnostic Efficiency of Three Fully Automated Serology Assays and Their Correlation with a Novel Surrogate Virus Neutralization Test in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic SARS-COV-2 Individuals 

      Younes, Salma; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel; Shurrab, Farah; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W.; Younes, Nadin; ... more authors ( MDPI , 2020 , Article)
      Abstract: To support the deployment of serology assays for population screening during the COVID-19 pandemic, we compared the performance of three fully automated SARS-CoV-2 IgG assays: Mindray CL-900i® (target: spike [S] ...
    • Duration of immune protection of SARS-CoV-2 natural infection against reinfection. 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Nagelkerke, Nico; Ayoub, Houssein H; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2022 , Article)
      The future of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hinges on virus evolution and duration of immune protection of natural infection against reinfection. We investigated duration of protection afforded by natural infection, the effect ...
    • Duration of immune protection of SARS-CoV-2 natural infection against reinfection. 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Nagelkerke, Nico; Ayoub, Houssein H; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2022 , Article)
      The future of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hinges on virus evolution and duration of immune protection of natural infection against reinfection. We investigated duration of protection afforded by natural infection, the effect ...
    • Duration of mRNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants in Qatar. 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Nature Research , 2022 , Article)
      SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants are genetically divergent. We conducted a matched, test-negative, case-control study to estimate duration of protection of the second and third/booster doses of mRNA COVID-19 ...
    • Effect of mRNA Vaccine Boosters against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Infection in Qatar. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Yassine, Hadi M; ... more authors ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2022 , Article)
      Waning of vaccine protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the emergence of the omicron (or B.1.1.529) variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have led to expedited ...
    • Effect of multiple freeze–thaw cycles on the detection of anti-SARS- CoV- 2 IgG antibodies 

      Shurrab, Farah M; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W.; Amanullah, Fathima; Younes, Salma N.; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel; ... more authors ( Microbiology Society , 2021 , Article)
      Several studies have investigated the effect of repeated freeze-thaw (F/T) cycles on RNA detection for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). However, no data are available regarding the effect of ...
    • Effectiveness of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine against the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 Variants. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Butt, Adeel A ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2021 , Other)
      The messenger RNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer–BioNTech) has 95% efficacy against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Qatar launched a mass immunization campaign with this vaccine on December 21, 2020. As of March 31, 2021, ...
    • Effects of BA.1/BA.2 subvariant, vaccination, and prior infection on infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 omicron infections. 

      Qassim, Suelen H; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2022 , Article)
      Compared to BA.1, BA.2 was associated with lower RT-qPCR cycle threshold (Ct) value-3.53 fewer cycles (95% CI: 3.46-3.60), signifying higher infectiousness. This may reflect higher viral load and/or longer duration of ...