• 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 ...
    • Antibiotic Prescription Patterns for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Outpatient Qatari Population in the Private Sector 

      Butt, Adeel Ajwad; Navasero, Cristina S.; Thomas, Bright; Al Marri, Salih; Al Katheeri, Huda; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2016 , Article)
      Background: Antibiotic are often inappropriately prescribed for upper respiratory infections (URI) in the Western countries. Data on the proportion of inappropriate prescriptions are lacking from the Middle East and other ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Darunavir-Cobicistat versus Lopinavir-Ritonavir for COVID-19 Pneumonia: Qatar's Experience 

      Elmekaty, Eman Zeyad I.; Alibrahim, Rim; Hassanin, Rania; Eltaib, Sitelbanat; Elsayed, Ahmed; ... more authors ( Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) , 2022 , Article)
      Background: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first discovered in China and resulted in a pandemic crisis. 1,2 Many agents were investigated with inconclusive outcomes. 3 This study was conducted to compare the ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Effects of Previous Infection and Vaccination on Symptomatic Omicron Infections. 

      Altarawneh, Heba N; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; Tang, Patrick; Hasan, Mohammad R; ... more authors ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2022 , Article)
      The protection conferred by natural immunity, vaccination, and both against symptomatic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection with the BA.1 or BA.2 sublineages of the omicron (B.1.1.529) ...
    • Epidemiological impact of prioritising SARS-CoV-2 vaccination by antibody status: Mathematical modelling analyses 

      Ayoub, H.H.; Ayoub, Houssein H.; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Makhoul, Monia; Al Kanaani, Zaina; ... more authors ( BMJ Publishing Group , 2021 , Article)
      Background Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 have been developed, but their availability falls far short of global needs. This study aimed to investigate the impact of prioritising available doses on the basis of recipient ...
    • Epidemiological investigation of the first 5685 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Qatar, 28 February-18 April 2020 

      Al Kuwari, Hanan M.; Abdul Rahim, Hanan F.; Abu-Raddad, Laith J.; Abou-Samra, Abdul Badi; Al Kanaani, Zaina; ... more authors ( BMJ Publishing Group , 2020 , Article)
      © Authors 2020 Objective To define the epidemiological curve of COVID-19 in Qatar and determine factors associated with severe or critical illness. Design Case series of first 5685 COVID-19 cases in Qatar. Setting and ...
    • Epidemiology of respiratory infections among adults in Qatar (2012-2017). 

      Al-Romaihi, Hamad Eid; Smatti, Maria K; Ganesan, Nandakumar; Nadeem, Shazia; Farag, Elmoubasher; ... more authors ( Public Library of Science , 2019 , Article)
      Limited data is available about the etiology of influenza like illnesses (ILIs) in Qatar. This study aimed at providing preliminary estimates of influenza and other respiratory infections circulating among adults in Qatar. ...
    • mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants and severe COVID-19 disease in Qatar 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M.; Benslimane, Fatiha M.; Al Khatib, Hebah A.; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors (2021 , Article)
      The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to be a global health concern. The mRNA-1273 (Moderna) vaccine was reported to have an efficacy of 94.1% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 due to infection with ‘wild-type’ variants in a ...
    • Multi-indication Pharmacotherapeutic Multicriteria Decision Analytic Model for the Comparative Formulary Inclusion of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Qatar 

      Al-Badriyeh, Daoud; Alabbadi, Ibrahim; Fahey, Michael; Al-Khal, Abdullatif; Zaidan, Manal ( Excerpta Medica Inc. , 2016 , Article)
      Purpose The formulary inclusion of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the government hospital health services in Qatar is not comparative or restricted. Requests to include a PPI in the formulary are typically accepted if ...
    • One Year of SARS-CoV-2: Genomic Characterization of COVID-19 Outbreak in Qatar 

      Benslimane, Fatiha M; Al Khatib, Hebah A; Al-Jamal, Ola; Albatesh, Dana; Boughattas, Sonia; ... more authors ( Frontiers , 2021 , Article)
      Qatar, a country with a strong health system and a diverse population consisting mainly of expatriate residents, has experienced two large waves of COVID-19 outbreak. In this study, we report on 2634 SARS-CoV-2 whole-genome ...
    • Performance evaluation of five ELISA kits for detecting anti-SARS-COV-2 IgG antibodies 

      Hadi M., Yassine; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W.; Dargham, Soha R.; Younes, Salma N.; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2020 , Article)
      ObjectivesTo evaluate and compare the performances of five commercial ELISA assays (EDI, AnshLabs, Dia.Pro, NovaTec, and Lionex) for detecting anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG. Methods70 negative control samples (collected before the ...
    • Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA BNT162b2 Covid-19 vaccine protection against variants of concern after one versus two doses. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; Al Khatib, Hebah A; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2021 , Article)
      Strategies for rolling out vaccination against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) varied across countries. A key question is whether delaying administration of the second vaccine dose to vaccinate the largest number of ...
    • Pilot Evaluation of the “Practice Educators’ Academy” Preceptor Development Program for Continuing Health Professional Education Programs in Qatar 

      Mukhalalati, Banan; Awaisu, Ahmed; Elshami, Sara; Javed, Bridget; Abu-Hijleh, Marwan; ... more authors ( Qatar University Press , 2021 , Poster)
      "The Practice Educators' Academy Program" is an innovative educational intervention developed following a preceptor-focused needs assessment. This study evaluated the program's effect on self-efficacy and knowledge amongst ...
    • Protection against the omicron variant from previous SARS-CoV-2 infection 

      Altarawneh, Heba N.; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Hasan, Mohammad R.; Ayoub, Houssein H.; Qassim, Suelen; ... more authors ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2022 , Other)
      Natural infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) elicits strong protection against reinfection with the B.1.1.7 (alpha),1,2 B.1.351 (beta),1 and B.1.617.2 (delta)3 variants. However, the ...
    • Real-Time SARS-CoV-2 Genotyping by High-Throughput Multiplex PCR Reveals the Epidemiology of the Variants of Concern in Qatar 

      R. Hasan, Mohammad; K.R. Kalikiri, Mahesh; Mirza, Faheem; Sundararaju, Sathyavathi; Sharma, Anju; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2021 , Article)
      Complementing whole genome sequencing strategies with high-throughput multiplex RT-qPCR genotyping allows for more comprehensive and real-time tracking of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern. During the second and third waves ...