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Yesterday, President Biden got the latest numbers on migrant children crossing the border, showing it's expected to hit a record 117,000 children this year. This influx of child migrants is not the first — former Presidents Trump and Obama faced similar crises. So we wanted to take a step back and look at why these surges happen.

  • Plus, the dire water situation in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • And, changes to how ads track you online.

Guests: Axios' Stef Kight and Sara Fischer and Mississippi Rep. Ronnie Crudup Jr.

Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Carol Wu, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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Latin American countries battered by the pandemic have started to receive their first vaccine shipments from China, Russia and in some cases India.

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Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds

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A briefing scheduled for President Biden this afternoon outlines the need for 20,000 beds to shelter an expected crush of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The rapid influx of unaccompanied children is becoming the administration's first new crisis. A presentation created by the Domestic Policy Council spells out the dimensions with nearly 40 slides full of charts and details.

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Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

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"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.