LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah says she’s “stoked” to land the post-Super Bowl timeslot for her new CBS series “The Equalizer.” Debuting after the big game on Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated actress plays an ex-CIA officer who uses her skills to help those who can’t defend themselves. It’s a reboot of the 1980s original series starring Edward Woodward. But Latifah is putting her own spin on it, making her character cool and skilled at work while getting thrown for a loop at home by her teenage daughter. Latifah gets to fight and ride a motorcycle on the show.
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. has ordered another 40 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the French company Valneva as the government prepares for the likelihood that repeated vaccinations will be needed to keep the virus in check. Britain had previously ordered 60 million doses of the vaccine and retains an option for 90 million more. The total value of the 190 million doses is 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion), Valneva said. If the U.K. exercises all of its options, Valneva’s deliveries would continue through 2025, the company said. The vaccine, which will be made in Scotland, is still undergoing clinical trials and hasn’t been approved by regulators. Britain has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak with over 106,000 victims.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Abraham J. Twerski, an esteemed Hassidic rabbi and acclaimed psychiatrist who championed treatment for substance abuse and authored over 80 books, has died in Jerusalem. His family says Twerski, who was 90, had been battling COVID-19. Twerski was a scholar with feet planted firmly in both the world of religious study and as a medical doctor and licensed psychiatrist. It was a rare pairing that earned him respect in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish world and wider American society. The U.S.-born Twerski authored dozens of books on a wide array of subjects: from addiction and mental health to religious law for medical professionals and commentaries on Jewish texts.