LONDON — Victims of a contaminated blood scandal that killed hundreds in Britain in the 1970s and ’80s have won the right to launch a court action seeking damages.

The claimants allege that officials failed to take reasonable care when tainted blood products were used to treat thousands of public health patients, killing at least 2,400, according to officials.

The High Court said Tuesday an order would be issued to allow surviving patients and families of those who died to join together to claim compensation.

Many of the victims were hemophiliacs, and were infected with the HIV virus or hepatitis C.

In July, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry into what she called an “appalling injustice” and whether there had been a cover-up.

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