It certainly sounds a little bit like a surrender: "We're not going to control the pandemic" certainly would equal "letting the pandemic spread". But the stupider half of that: "we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations" is that the Trump Administration can't actually make science do stuff just because they want it. Of course they can put more money into research, and doctors will try things that might work better for more patients, but vaccines don't just turn out to work brilliantly because you very much want them to.
Mark Meadows: “We’re not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 25, 2020
Jake Tapper: “Why aren’t we going to get control of the pandemic?”
Meadows: “Because it is a contagious virus” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/1ahyatu6co