Stocks in Asia Pacific were mixed on Tuesday afternoon trade as gold prices dipped from their record levels.
Shares of Fujifilm rose 3.1% after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. government awarded the firm a $265 million contract for coronavirus vaccine manufacturing.
Multiple firms also announced Monday the start of late-stage human trials as the race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues.
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech said they began their late-stage human trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine on Monday.
That announcement by the firms came the same day biotech firm Moderna, also developing a leading vaccine candidate, said it began its late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial.