Health Care Monthly Monitor

Insights, Innovation and Impact


This timely update provides insights into health care sector stock performance and social impact themes related to U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being).

Monthly Highlights 

U.S. stocks produced strong returns again in April, reaching record highs repeatedly during the month. This reflected a continuation of many prevailing trends in 2021, including continued progress on vaccine rollouts, signs of a strong economic rebound, ongoing fiscal and monetary support for the economy and historically strong corporate earnings. 

Our Health Care Impact Themes

New or Innovative Treatments for Diseases Including Cancer
Access to Medicines and Health Care Services
New Solutions for Lowering Health Care Costs
Enhancing the Productivity of Medical Equipment, Services and Software

COVID Vaccine Progress and Challenges

As of April 30, more than 150 million people have been afflicted with COVID worldwide. In North America and Europe, the number of new cases has fallen likely thanks to vaccine rollouts. But many Asian countries, led by India, are experiencing a surge in new cases.1

1 “Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country,” BBC News, May 4, 2021. 


Company in Focus

Stryker is an innovative medical device manufacturer gaining market share in orthopedic procedures with its MAKO robotics platform.



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