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The government plans to roll out a new type of COVID-19 vaccine considered effective against the omicron variant as early as October, sources familiar with the matter have said.

The so-called bivalent vaccine combines ingredients used for existing COVID-19 shots and those derived from the BA.1 subtype of the omicron variant, and is expected to curb the spread of the BA.5 subvariant currently prevalent across the country.

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