Testing, herd immunity and an eventual relaxation of mitigation efforts
After weeks of containment efforts, some governments dip their toe into the
uncertain waters of re-opening parts of the economy. What needs to be in place in order to get back to a certain state of normalcy? And how does testing help in this endeavour?
Healthcare started 2021 on a very positive note, outperforming most of the other sectors (Energy, 3.0%, being the sole exception). The MSCI World Healthcare Net Return (NR) Index gained 1.1% in January 2021, while the MSCI World NR Index declined 1.0%.
The MSCI World Healthcare Net Return (NR) Index rose by 9.0% in November 2020 and the MSCI World NR Index gained 12.8%. November was the best month for global equities year-to-date (12.8%), with cyclicals outperforming defensive sectors.
The MSCI World Healthcare Net Return (NR) Index posted a -4.88% loss in October 2020. The MSCI World NR Index was down -3.07%. Global equity markets remained volatile during the month. The rising number of COVID-19 cases and new containment measures lead to a deja-vu correction in the last few days of October.